Rainbow Popcorn

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  • 180g popping kernels
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil (corn, sunflower, peanut, etc.)
  • 180g fine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon of four or so different liquid food colouring’s (four is the recommended amount, as it’s easy to handle, reduces the amount of dishes used and it still looks like a rainbow theme)


  • Add the oil to the large saucepan. Sprinkle the corn kernels over the base of the pan, in the oil. Put the lid on.
  • Put the saucepan on the stove top. Heat at full heat.
  • Wait for the popping. Every now and then, give the pan a shake to help prevent burning. Shake more often when you hear popping noises.
  • Remove from the heat when you think the popping is done.
  • Add the sugar and water to the small saucepan. Bring to the boil.
  • Stir frequently as the mixture boils. Stir and boil until the sugar has dissolved completely.
  • Pour the sugar water into as many bowls as you have food colouring choices. Add a drop or two of different food colouring to each bowl.
  • Divide the popped corn into as many bowls as you have food colouring choices.
  • Pour one coloured sugar water over one bowl of popcorn.
  • Repeat for the remaining coloured sugar water and bowls of popcorn.
  • Stir and toss to mix the colouring through the bowls of popcorn thoroughly. It’s more fun if you have a helper to do this with.
  • Air dry the bowl of coloured popcorn before combining all the colours.
  • Use one large bowl to combine all of the coloured popcorn. Mix well.
  • Serve. You can either leave the large bowl out for everyone to share from, or you can serve in individual containers once the colours have been mixed.
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