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Kool-Aid Popcorn

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Introducing Kool Aid Popcorn, your new favorite treat! This unique, colorful, and flavorful popcorn recipe is perfect for a fun movie night, birthday parties, or just a delightful snack.


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Imagine munching on sweet, tangy, and crunchy kettle corn with a burst of your favorite Kool-Aid flavors. 

It’s easy to make with only a few simple ingredients.

You can customize it with any Kool-Aid flavor for endless possibilities.

Kool-aid popcorn is a fun and creative way to enjoy popcorn.

The bright colors make it perfect for themed parties and holidays.

Kool aid flavored popcorn is a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone asking for more.


Butter, sugar and karo syrup in a pot, uncooked.


What Ingredients Are in Kool Aid Popcorn

This koolaid popcorn is perfect for a high school party food! It’s something the whole family can enjoy!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Kettle Corn: provides the perfect base for this sweet treat
  • White Sugar: adds sweetness to the coating
  • Butter: creates a rich and smooth texture
  • Karo Syrup: thickens the coating and adds a glossy finish
  • Kool-Aid: brings the unique flavor and color to the popcorn
  • Baking Soda: helps the coating puff up and stick to the popcorn

Pro Tip: Use a variety of Kool-Aid flavors to create a colorful and exciting popcorn display.


boiling karo syrup mixture in pot


How to Make Flavored Popcorn with Kool Aid

Candied popcorn is just one of those fun popcorn recipes that will have you coming back for more!

For the full cooking instructions, see below. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Combine Kool-Aid mixture in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Pour the Kool-Aid sugar mixture over popcorn and mix well.
  3. Bake the popcorn in the oven, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cool the popcorn and enjoy!

Pro Tips: 

  • Be cautious when handling the hot Kool-Aid mixture; it’s extremely hot and can burn your skin.
  • Heat oven before adding the popcorn.
  • Serve in a large bowl.


Red Cherry Kool Aid Packet added to karo syrup mixture


What Flavors of Kool Aid Popcorn Can You Make

The possibilities are endless with this Rainbow Coated Colored Popcorn! 

You can choose from classic flavors like Cherry, Grape, and Orange, or try more unique options like Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, or Strawberry Kiwi. 

Mix and match flavors to create your perfect combination.

This is such a yummy snack. And it’s a fruity flavor that is hard to resist!


Red candy coating in pot ready to be poured over popcorn.


Holiday Combinations for Kool Aid Popcorn

How much more could you do with a kool-aid packet? I mean this interesting recipe works for almost any holiday!

Here are some great and easy ideas:

  • Halloween: Orange and Grape for a spooky color combo
  • Christmas: Cherry and Lime for a festive red and green mix
  • Valentine’s Day: Pink Lemonade and Cherry for a sweet and romantic treat
  • Easter: Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, and Lemonade for a pastel-colored spring mix
  • Independence Day: Cherry, Blue Raspberry, and Lemonade for a patriotic red, white, and blue display
  • St. Patrick’s Day: Choose Lime and go with a fun green foods theme


Syrup poured over popcorn and mixed in a bowl


How Long Does Kool Aid Popcorn Last?

Kool-Aid Popcorn will last for about 1-2 weeks in an airtight bag or container. 

Keep in mind that moisture can soften the popcorn over time.

As it’s so easy to make, I don’t normally make it really far ahead of time, but you could if needed.


Popcorn laid out on cookie sheet and ready to be baked.


How to Store Kool Aid Popcorn?

Store Candy Popcorn in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag to keep it fresh and crispy. 

Keep the container in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.

Pull it out for an easy after school snack and you’ll be the most popular parent on the block.


Red, Orange, Yellow Green Blue and Purple popcorn laid out on cookie tray.


Is Kool Aid Popcorn Healthy?

While Candy Popcorn with Kool Aid is a fun and delicious recipe, it is not considered a healthy snack due to its high sugar content and artificial flavors. 

And though the popcorn itself I think is pretty healthy, I don’t think the kool-aid flavors are.

Enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

And for full nutrition information, you’ll need to look at the particular kool aid packet you got.

Is This Candy Popcorn Bibble?

Bibble popcorn is a snack featured on a British TV show called Victorious. 

In the show it shows a loved snack that contains popcorn and food coloring. 

Some would call this bibble snack the same thing. Others would not.

Ultimately, this does have popcorn and is colored so based on those two parameters, it passes.

But it’s so much more than just colored popcorn. It’s flavored too!  

Colors are pretty but flavors are what keep you reaching for extras!

Try this bibble food today and see if it passes your scrutiny.   


Angled view of popcorn on a cookie sheet separated by colors.


Can Dogs Eat Kool Aid Popcorn?

No, dogs should not eat Candied Popcorn. 

The high sugar content, artificial flavors, food coloring, and potential for choking hazards make it unsafe for your furry friend.

In general, you should only feed treats to your dog that are actually made for dogs.


Photo taken from the top looking down at bowl full of kool aid popcorn. Popcorn flavors are all mixed up.


Can You Freeze Kool Aid Popcorn?

Freezing Colored Candy Popcorn is not recommended, as the moisture from the freezing process can cause the popcorn to become soggy and lose its crisp texture. 

Instead, store the popcorn in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag at room temperature to maintain its freshness and crunch.


side view of mixed popcorn flavors and colors.


If you love popcorn you should also try these popcorn recipes too…

Now that you know how to make this fun and flavorful Rainbow Popcorn, you’re ready to impress your friends and family with a colorful, creative, and tasty treat. 

Whether you’re hosting a movie night, a themed party, or just craving something sweet and tangy, this Kool Aid Popcorn recipe is sure to be a hit. 

So grab your favorite Kool-Aid flavors and get ready to transform your ordinary popcorn into an extraordinary snack!


Yield: 15 Servings

Kool-Aid Popcorn

Red, Orange, Yellow Green Blue and Purple popcorn laid out on cookie tray.

It's time to play with your food! Kool Aid Popcorn can be made into any color or flavor that Kool Aid packets can be found in. SOOO Good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 225*F
  2. Pop kettle corn according to microwave instructions - filter out the seeds and pour kernels into a large bowl.
  3. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine butter, sugar & Karo Syrup. Mix well until butter is fully melted.
  4. Let mixture come to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in Kool-Aid packet until full combined.
  7. Add baking soda to Kool-aid mixture - mixture will double in size and become thick and fluffy.
  8. Pour this mixture over popcorn. Mix well. Mixture will be VERY hot. Do not allow mixture to touch your skin.
  9. Once popcorn is well coated, pour contents into a large baking dish with high sides. If you do not have one, a large disposable baking pan will work too.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven & stir well. Return to oven for another 10 minutes. Repeat this until popcorn has been baked 4 times.
  11. After all 4 cycles have finished, remove from oven and continually mix popcorn until it cools. Break up any big clumps as you stir.
  12. Serve cooled.
  13. Repeat with other flavors if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g
Originally Posted: March 5, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: February 28, 2024


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Monday 27th of May 2024

Want this to have a kick? At the end of cooking, remove from heat and add 1/4 tsp of citric acid. This will give it a sour punch! The only flavors that really work are watermelon and cherry. I buy this from a local Hobby store.


Wednesday 6th of March 2024

This is so fun for the kids to make! We loved this activity and the delicious popcorn!

Laura Ashley Johnson

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

My kids LOVED this!! It was so fun to make and the flavor twist was 10/10!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

So fun to make and yummy! I'm definitely making this again!


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

My kids and I had fun making this popcorn for our movie night! And we really liked how it turned out!

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