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Cotton Candy Popcorn Recipe

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Do you want a sweet and crunchy treat? This Cotton Candy Popcorn Recipe is calling your name! The fun colors and flavor make this simple gourmet popcorn recipe a must!

You can whip this up for the holidays, birthday parties, or baby shower gender reveal. Everyone will love how uniquely delicious it is!

I dare you to try not to eat the whole batch! Fill your bowl – and then fill it again because that always happens to me.

I love the sweetness of this popcorn recipe so much that I typically make a double batch of it. I have no shame in my snacking game! You also have to try this Candied Popcorn Recipe for more popcorn fun!

Cotton Candy Popcorn Recipe

The fun part about making this popcorn that tastes like cotton candy is that it has real bits. It’s like the best snacking world, where you get that crunchy, sweet goodness.

We’ve made this for movie nights and birthdays, and it’s always a hit. No matter the setting, you can rest easy knowing that everyone will love eating bite after bite of this treat.

My boys even say this is a hybrid between a dessert and a snack – and I agree. I like that I can eat it anytime I want!

What is the healthiest way to pop popcorn?

The healthiest way to pop popcorn is via air popping, which requires no added oil or butter, resulting in a low-calorie snack that is high in fiber.

Microwave popcorn, on the other hand, often contains added oil and salt, which can contribute to weight gain and high blood pressure.

Stovetop popping can also be healthy, provided that only a small amount of oil is used. While it may be tempting to enhance the popcorn flavor with butter or other seasonings, these additions can quickly negate the potential health benefits of this snack.

With air popping or minimal stovetop oil use, popcorn can be a wholesome treat that provides a satisfying crunch and a range of nutritional benefits.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Pink and Blue Popcorn Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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The following items can be found in my kitchen here at Miller Manor. Simply click the image that interests you – yes, they do contain affiliate links.

Must Have Resources:

When making Cotton Candy Snacks at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Ecolution Patented Micro-Pop Microwave Popcorn Popper with Temperature Safe Glass, 3-in-1 Lid Measures Kernels and Melts Butter, Made Without BPA, Dishwasher Safe, 1.5-Quart, RedDASH Hot Air Popcorn Popper Maker with Measuring Cup to Portion Popping Corn Kernels + Melt Butter, 16 Cups - AquaGreat Northern Popcorn 83-DT5676 Popcorn Machine, 6 Quart, SilverWest Bend Stir Crazy Movie Theater Popcorn Popper, Gourmet Popcorn Maker Machine with Nonstick Popcorn Kettle, Measuring Tool and Popcorn Scoop for Popcorn Machine , 4 Qt., RedOrville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn Kernels, Original Yellow, 8 LbKernel Season's Movie Theater Popcorn Oil, Butter, 13.75 Ounce (Pack of 6)Popcorn Boxes That Don’t Leak – Bottom Insert Card Helps Prevent Leaks, Kids Love The Emoji Stickers, (32 Pack) 7.75 Inches Tall & Holds 48oz. Movie Night Red and White Striped Container HoldersJZK 48 Stripe Multicolore Small Paper Popcorn Treat Boxes Cups Buckets Kids Birthday Party Favours Gift Box Sweets Food Snacks Holders Container, Pink Blue red Green


Make it a Meal:

If you’re ready to start meal planning, now is the time. As you can see, the planning process doesn’t have to be overly complicated!

Main Dish: Bento Box Waffle Tacos Recipe

Vegetable Side: Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Starch Side: Parmesan Steak Fries with Ranch

Refreshing Drink: Cotton Candy Mocktail Recipe

Best Popcorn Recipes:

Once you make this Dessert Popcorn Recipe, prepare those snacking taste buds for more. I’ve gathered some of my other top popcorn recipes that I’m sure you’ll love to eat!

This Confetti Popcorn Recipe looks fun and tastes amazing! Don’t miss it!

You’ll love how this Skittles Popcorn Recipe tastes! I also love the bright colors!

Party Popcorn is always a hit! Make and share with family and friends!

There’s a reason that this Valentine’s Popcorn is so popular!

Homemade Popcorn Balls is one of my favorite holiday snacks!

Everyone in the family will crave more of this Strawberry Crunch Popcorn Recipe!

Check out the simple steps to make this Muddy Buddy Popcorn Recipe.

Can I pop popcorn in advance?

While it is possible to pop popcorn in advance and still be edible, it will never be as good as freshly popped popcorn.

This is because popcorn loses its crispness and texture as it sits, making eating less enjoyable.

Therefore, if you want the best possible experience with your popcorn, it is recommended to pop it fresh and enjoy it right away.

More Cotton Candy Recipes:

Cotton Candy Popcorn Recipe

Cotton Candy Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Cotton Candy Popcorn Recipe is one sweet treat! Perfect for sharing!


  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 4 ounces white candy melts
  • 4 ounces pink candy melts
  • 4 ounces light blue candy melts
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 cups blue and pink cotton candy (torn into smaller pieces)


  1. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Melt the white candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments until melted.
  3. Add 6 cups of the popcorn into a bowl, and then pour the melted white candy over the top. Stir to coat.
  4. Add 1 cup of the cotton candy pieces and stir.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of sprinkles. Set aside.
  6. Repeat the melting process for the pink candy melts.
  7. Add 3 cps of popcorn to a bowl, and then pour the melted pink candy over the top. Stir to coat.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of the pink cotton candy and stir.
  9. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the sprinkles. Set aside.
  10. Repeat the melting process for the blue candy melts.
  11. Add 3 cups of the popcorn to a large bowl and pour the melted blue chocolate over the top. Stir.
  12. Add 1/2 cup of the blue cotton candy and stir.
  13. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the sprinkles. Set aside.
  14. Add the popcorn to the cookie sheet and let it all completely cool.
  15. Put in a bowl and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/14/2023

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