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Feb 15, 2012 05:47 PM

Colored popcorn

I remember having this as a kid. It didn't have a special flavor or anything, but the kernels had been dyed in some way so that the popped corn looked like a rainbow.

Is this product still around? If not, is it possible to make at home?

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  1. I have use this recipe to make this candy corn popcorn but you really can use any color and flavor of jello.

      1. Thanks for the replies. I'm looking for pre popped colored kernels rather than a pink brick. I don't want to add flavor with jello or anything else.

        Does anyone know if you can just use food coloring on in popped kernels, and, if so, if there's a method? Thanks.

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        1. re: TerriL

          Sorry, meant to say "...use food coloring on UN popped kernels..."

          1. re: TerriL

            google the topic - dozens of recipes are out there

            1. re: malabargold

              I googled before posting here -- every recipe I found online called for sugar or gelatin (or both).


            TerriL, companies in the fundraiser biz carry the colored popcorn kernels.

            As for homemade version. Well, this takes me back to my 1960's daycamp days.
            Set up 4 foil pie plates, 4 food grade dyes, popcorn kernels
            Fill each plate with kernels, coat with the food coloring and let air dry
            Pop kernels in a pot with lid and about 1 tablespoon of oil....we thought we were so smart :)

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            1. re: HillJ

              Thanks HillJ,

              You *were* so smart! I still remember the excitement of the confetti-colored popcorn overflowing the domed popper in my summer school class (sometime in the mid-70's). I wanted to recreate the magic for my own daughter who's around the same age now that I was then.

              Did you dilute the food coloring, or just mix it well enough so that there was a little on every kernel? I assume you don't want to get the corn too saturated.

              Thanks again!

              1. re: TerriL

                Here's another way. Have been meaning to try this for my kids...

                1. re: annabanana2000

                  annab, I'll be curious to hear how that method works for you. It sounds harder to get the individual kernels coated that way and the important thing is to color the kernels but let them dry really well.

                  Kernels won't pop if they are wet inside. But if you don't plan to pop the corn, it's probably fine. I've seen dyed kernels used for craft projects; not eating.

                2. re: TerriL

                  No we didn't dilute the liquid food coloring further. But, today baking supply stores sell powdered and liquid food coloring. There are so many colors choices now. The most important part was to let the kernels saturate the dye but air dry well. It took a few days to create the color before popping the corn. If the kernels are in any way wet, they wont' pop.

                  Have fun with it!