Cooking With Kids Recipe: Sweet Flavored Popcorn

We’ve been having a weekly night for our kids with some friends and this popcorn has become a favorite  sweet snack at our gatherings — with kids and parents alike.  The kids love getting to help pick the flavors each week, and it couldn’t be easier to make.

This makes a large amount, but it keeps well over the week in a covered container and makes a great crunchy treat.  We divide the syrup and flavor half with one flavor and half with another.  You can also halve the recipe.

Some of our favorite flavors are orange, cinnamon and coconut.  We love Frontier organic flavorings and a tiny bottle lasts for eons.  Other possible flavors to try include vanilla, almond, maple and even peppermint.


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10-12 cups popped plain air-popped popcorn
  • Dash of natural flavor (we use about half a tiny cap-full of organic flavoring for each batch)
  • Natural food coloring, optional


  1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper.
  2. Adult or older child:  In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine butter, water and sugar. Bring to a boil. Boil 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.  Stir in flavor and food coloring if using.  Add popcorn, a couple of cups at a time, and stir to coat evenly (scoop up from bottom of pan to get all the syrup distributed evenly).
  4. Pour onto prepared baking sheets and let cool before serving.
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