Candy Corn Colored Popcorn

I bribe my children.

There I said it.

I am sure I am doing them all sorts of wrong, but it works.

Before you get all judgy please understand that I bribe for good, not for evil.


Like, get a goal in your soccer game…you get a prize!

Get an “A” on your spelling get a $1.

Eat your dinner, you get dessert.

See, totally benign bribes.


Now, onto bribes I swore I would never ever do before I had children…

Room cleaning.  I was never gonna be the mom that bribed for this…because my children would grow up to be responsible, and understand that they had to clean up after themselves.  I was delusional.  So now when I say,  “If you clean your room I’ll buy you ice cream”, I feel my former childless self looking over my shoulder in her cute outfit and combed hair shaking her head in disapproval.  I kinda want to slap her.

I also swore I would not have children who picked their nose.  Yeah, well that ship has sailed…so I have literally said things like…”If you promise not to pick your nose during church I will let you watch TV when we get home.”

AND I KNEW I would never have misbehaved kids in the supermarket…you know the ones…with kool-aide mustaches, screaming that they want Twinkies.  But, I find myself frequently saying, “If you do not act like monkey children in the supermarket I will give you a quarter to buy a bouncy ball on the way out.”  If only the mothers of those screaming children knew it only took a quarter.  Just a quarter.  Twenty five cents is worth some supermarket sanity,

So I have become what I said I wouldn’t…a bribing, mini-van driving, mom to a nose-picking child.  That’s me. I’m used to it.


Now onto a total bribe-worthy food.  I bet you could get your kids to do all sorts of stuff for you if sugary, candy popcorn was waiting at the other side.  Clean out your car?  Unload the dishwasher?  Dust the baseboards?  All done.  That’s the power of popcorn.

Candy Corn “Colored” Popcorn.

Here are the dirty details…

You’ll need some popcorn, preferably air popped…separate it into 3 equal sections.

Then you’ll need some jello…yep jello.

Line 2 pans with foil, so you don’t have to bribe your kids to scrub your pans.

Then melt some butter and corn syrup in a sauce pan.

Add a pack of jello and some sugar in to the butter.

You can start with your yellow or orange which ever.  But boil it up for 5 minutes.

Then pour it over your portioned out popcorn…

Mix it good and bake it up for 10 minutes.

Repeat the process with your other box of jello.

Then if you’re feeling like an overachiever, I coated the leftover portion of popcorn (the white) with white candy melts…just because I like it.

You can stack it in jars…

Or bag it up, for gifts…

I used a piping bag so it was more like a cone shape…

 Now, onto some other super fun and exciting news!

My friend Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and I have teamed up.  We have launched a new site together called That’s What WE Said with all the fun stuff that we don’t talk about on our baking sites…Pretty much everything is fair game, but we have topics like TV Trash…because we all know how I love my Reality TV, Meal Plans for easy and fun ideas for dinner, and Yo Mama!..which is everything Mom related and more.  We also talk Beauty and Kid Stuff too.

I really hope you guys all stop over and check it out.  Or find us on facebook HERE.


Candy Corn Colored Popcorn


  • 16 cups air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided into 2 equal parts
  • 6 Tbsp light corn syrup, divided into 2 equal parts
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided into 2 equal parts
  • 1 pkg. yellow (lemon) jello
  • 1 pkg. orange jello
  • white candy melts optional


  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Line 2 baking pans with foil. They should be large, approx 15×10.
  3. Separate your popcorn into 3 equal parts. Put each in it’s own large bowl.
  4. In one small saucepan over medium-low heat melt 1/4 cup butter and 3 Tbsp of corn syrup together until butter is melted. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 package of jello. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and pour over one of the portioned bowls of popcorn. Stir until the popcorn is evenly coated. Spread onto a lined baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Repeat this entire process with the other package of jello.
  6. When the popcorn is baked remove it from the oven and let it cool and break it into pieces.
  7. * Optional step ~ With the remaining bowl of popcorn you can melt the white candy melts and pour over the popcorn for your “white” layer.


For a cute presentation layer the popcorn in tall clear containers for a cute presentation, or layer in jars to give as gifts. You can also fill piping bags with the layers for treat bags.
Adapted from Kraft


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36 Comments on "Candy Corn Colored Popcorn"

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet

So genius using the jello to flavor and color the popcorn! Adorable! Oh, and there is nothing wrong with a little bribery:-)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Oh that is sooo creative and looks amazing. I love popcorn AND candy corn. I want this!

Blog is the New Black

You are a riot! And so darn creative.


Just wonderful! And fills up the large decorator jars much better than small candy corns.

Julie @White Lights on Wednesday

I’m so happy I found you. 🙂 I follow Kristan, a lot, and love the new site you two have.

PS – I would slap that version of me too. Where does she get off looking like she had 30 minutes ot get ready and has slept more than 4 hours at night? 😉


I do this for Christmas gift’s, so fun and yummy too!!! Thanks!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

Very cute popcorn idea! I’m on board with the bribing… “sit still in church this morning and you can have a donut afterwards.” Works every time! P.S. Love reading the other site you’ve started with Cookbook Queen… very fun!


I feel like if bribery is for the better good, then it’s really not such a bad thing. Then again…I also totally bribe myself to make myself do things I don’t want to do…so I think I’m just trying to make myself feel better.

I would not have thought jello powder could result in something so delicious!


Mmmm this sounds lovely!

Glory/ Glorious Treats

So cool!! What a great effect from a pretty simple recipe… win, win!!

Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic}

This looks amazing! Sadly, I cannot eat popcorn (my body doesn’t process it for some reason and it causes GREAT distress… sigh) but if I could, I would totally make this for gifts. But if I can’t have any, neither can my friends. You know, misery loves company. But in all seriousness, FABULOUS creation!


Shelly! You knock me over with your genius! I love this so much!

Lyka Ricks

I Love Pop corns! My husband used to call me Popcorn Girl! Now, I have found my successor in my daughter who is also crazy with popcorn. I love this new exciting flavor jello. Popcorn Eating is our bonding time! This flavor will be added on my popcorn taste list.

Heather (Heather

no shame in bribing the kiddos! when we do family shoots we always tell people it might be a good thing to bring something along to bribe their kids with so we can avoid meltdowns. i think candy-corn colored popcorn would be a great one!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

I am SO excited that you and Kristan are teaming up!! I love the two of your blogs individually, and I feel like your two voices will play off each other fantastically. I can’t wait to be a loyal reader! 🙂


What fun Shelly!!

I LOVE the candy corn popcorn, especially in the cone bag!!

Have fun with the new site!!


Oh Shelly, You are so funny:)
The candy corn popcorn is such a great idea! Love it!

meaghan (the decorated cookie)

I use bribes, too. I have to, I have a very picky eater. But if it’s wrong, I figure she can work it out in therapy later. Anyway… LOVE This! Will post a link on 🙂

Melissa m

First of all it is not bribery, it is called positive reinforcement. Secondly my kids get icees or sodas from the gas station if they are good in church, the best $1 I spend all week. I also wish people knew it only took .25 to keep your kids well behaved in the grocery! I used to tell my son he could ride the bob the builder mating thing if he behaved in walmart, worked like a charm. It just has to be something special, not something you would do anyway, so they make the connection.

Angie @ Bigbearswife

I love anything that looks like candy corn…………..I just don’t like candy corn candy…….weird I know.


totally bribe worthy! It’s awesome…and the post was hilarious!

Georgia Pellegrini

Aaah, this is SO fun! And I love your new site by the way!


Join the club! Doesn’t every parent bribe their kids?


So festive! And congrats again on your new fun site!!!!!

a spoonful of yumm

its been ages since i had popcorn, usually eat it at the movies . this one looks delicious !


What a fun idea, These would be perfect little party favors.


I haven’t done this in a very long time, thanks for reminding me!


these would be super cute treats to make for halloween!! Or for classroom treats! Or or or …..

stop being so creative so I can stop bookmarking all of your cute recipes!! *laugh*

Robyn | Add a Pinch

What a cute idea!!! Love these.

Rose Braisby

I cannot wait to make my own popcorn! such a fab recipe! love it!

Marisa Andrews

Just so you know, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I am a college student and have been trying your recipes because most are so simple but just look delicious:)

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie

How cute! And delicious!


This is brilliant! What a fun goodie to give away to friends!

Michelle M

Thanks for a great post- I love the honest-mom vibe! I don’t plan to make this 🙂 But I love your Bugle dipping idea and THAT one I’m doing this weekend! Thanks again!

Tori B.

What a great idea! definitely trying this when fall comes 🙂