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Popcorn Candy Recipes

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Popcorn isn't just a movie snack, it's also a great candy ingredient! Light and crunchy popcorn kernels are the perfect foundation for these candy recipes, which include classics like caramel popcorn, fun variations like gingerbread popcorn, and more unique recipes like cinnamon bun popcorn.

1. Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Corn
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We can't talk about popcorn candy recipes without first mentioning caramel popcorn! This recipe for the classic party favorite produces deep golden popcorn covered with a sweet, crunchy, caramelized coating. Add in a few handfuls of your favorite nuts to make this caramel popcorn extra-special.

2. Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

chocolate caramel corn
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How can you improve upon caramel popcorn? How about smothering it in a layer of delicious semi-sweet chocolate? Either drizzle your caramel corn with chocolate, or go all-out and coat each kernel with melted chocolate. Use your favorite good-quality chocolate for the best results!

3. Gingerbread Popcorn

Gingerbread Popcorn
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Gingerbread Popcorn is caramel popcorn with a gingerbread twist. Molasses, brown sugar, and lots of ginger and spices give this crunchy popcorn treat a delicious gingerbread flavor. If you want to make it extra-special, consider adding a drizzle of white chocolate and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

4. Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Bacon Caramel Popcorn photo
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Bacon adds a whole new layer of flavor to traditional caramel corn in this recipe for Bacon Caramel Popcorn! Chunks of crispy, salty bacon are mixed with caramel corn and toasted pecans, and then everything is baked together until you have sweet, crunchy clusters. If you want to go really crazy, you can drizzle the whole thing with chocolate when you're finished.

5. Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn
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Cinnamon Bun Popcorn features the great taste of cinnamon buns in popcorn form! Popcorn and pecans are coated with a rich brown sugar-cinnamon coating, then finished with a drizzle of melted white chocolate and cinnamon chips.

6. Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn

Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
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Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn is a sweet and salty treat! Crunchy popcorn is coated with melted peanut butter chips, studded with chunks of peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts, and finished with a drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt.

7. Raspberry Lemon Popcorn

Raspberry Lemon Popcorn
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Raspberry Lemon Popcorn is so tart and tangy, you won't be able to stop eating it! This easy treat has a mild sweetness from white chocolate and a vibrant fruity flavor from freeze-dried raspberries and fresh lemon zest.

8. Fruity Popcorn

Fruity Popcorn
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Fruity Popcorn is a popcorn treat featuring salty nuts and popcorn covered in a light, crunchy candy coating bursting with fruit flavor. The fruit flavor comes from Jell-O, so you have a wide variety of flavors to choose from when making this candy.

9. Packed Popcorn Balls

Packed Popcorn Balls photo
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I call these "Packed Popcorn Balls," because they have it all! These kid-friendly favorites are packed with popcorn, marshmallows, chocolate candies, nuts, and crispy rice cereal, all held together with a sweet and chewy vanilla syrup. Feel free to get creative with your mix-ins: you can add raisins, coconut, trail mix, or anything else you can think of!

10. Popcorn Pops

Popcorn Pops photo
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It’s popcorn on a stick! Flavorful caramel popcorn is formed into balls and served on a stick for a treat kids of all ages will enjoy. The caramel in this popcorn stays soft and chewy, so you don't have to worry about the popcorn getting too hard or crunchy on these pops. You can always get creative and add other mix-ins to the popcorn, like nuts, dried fruit, or your favorite candies.

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