Cherry Cotton Candy Popcorn

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Cherry Cotton Candy Popcorn-just like eating cotton candy at the fair but in popcorn form!

Cheery Cotton Candy Popcorn-just like eating cotton candy, but it's popcorn!

I’d seen this recipe over at Cravings of a Lunatic a few months back. It looked pretty. But I didn’t have a reason to make pink popcorn so I just forgot about it. Then when I got on my popcorn kick, I remembered Kim’s post.

Why not, let’s make some pink popcorn.

What Kim failed to mention in her post is that this stuff tastes just like the cotton candy you get at the fair. And it melts in your mouth the same way.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so.

I left the small bowl on the table and of course when the kids came home from school they immediately head that way to see what I might have made “for them” to try.

Grace comes in first. “Yum, you made cotton candy popcorn. Cool.”


Next comes Cassie. “This tastes just like cotton candy but it’s got a flavor…cherry I think.” With all the taste testing she does, she tries to comment like a food critic.

Then CJ. “This is good.”
Me. “What’s it taste like?”
CJ. “That stuff we get at the fair. The fluffy stuff.” Poor boy, I’m going to have to get him out more but he’d rather have a Gyro, Turkey, Leg and Roasted Corn at the fair than the sweet stuff.

Hubby almost got it. “Tastes like strawberry cotton candy.” It’s cherry flavoring, gheesh. He got close.

This stuff is good. I mean really good. I mean make your self sick eating the entire batch in one day good.


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adapted from Cravings of a Lunatic

Cherry Cotton Candy Popcorn

Cherry Cotton Candy Popcorn


  • 10-12 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cherry flavoring
  • red or pink food coloring (if using red, go light, just a few drops will do it.)


  1. Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Lay wax paper on table, counter or cookie sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, corn syrup and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Continue to boil until you reach the "soft ball" stage, my thermometer says it's 240 degrees. It took about 4 minutes for it to reach temperature once it was boiling. Once there, remove from heat and add flavoring and food coloring, stir till combined.
  5. Now pour over your popcorn. Toss to coat all of your popcorn. Spread coated popcorn out on wax paper, separating as you can, to cool completely.



Fast, easy and so, so good. Thanks Kim!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Yum! I love the colour! I adore cotton candy and I’m really into popcorn right now. I can see this being my new favourite snack!

  2. SO pretty! Love this.

  3. This is SO cute! Perfect for a girl’s party! We’d love for you to link up with us for Tasty Tuesday over at!

  4. Love and so will my boys! I think they are finishing the last bag of popcorn as I type. <3 and hugs!

  5. Been away from blogging for a while, and now I am catching up on posts I’ve missed! This one and the peanut butter popcorn are going on my must-make list!! They both sound incredible! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. This looks absolutely yummy! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe and by the way I love your blog title! 🙂

  7. looks beautiful

  8. Oh Joan! This looks great! Gives me a reason to buy cotton candy flavor extract! 🙂 Great job!

  9. I love that you did this. The step by step is fab too. And the cherry flavor. The pic of your daughter eating cotton candy is priceless. It was so funny after I did this stuff I went to Costco like a month later and they are now carrying the Lucky Elephant popcorn. I hadn’t seen it in years then it shows up. I had to laugh.

  10. My daughter was telling me the other day about how Americans call candy floss, cotton candy. I will have to show her your fabulous post, she’ll be delighted. Just visiting from Whipperberry

  11. Oh, that looks so yummy.

  12. oh so yummy had to share with my readers hope you don’t mind I borrowed your pic to let them know what I was so excited about see the post at

  13. I am making this for one of the treats at my daughter’s 2nd Birthday. So pretty and it looks amazingly yummy! Your new follower, Tanya 🙂

  14. Joan, one word, amazing. You seriously rock! Thanks for sharing on Fabulous Friday. Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Hugs, sweets!

  15. Looks delicious and pretty! Win, win in my book! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  16. Yum – I love different flavored popcorn!

  17. Pinning this! I love popcorn in any shape or form and this sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  18. Hey sweetie cakes! You are our “Kids Featured Pick” tomorrow on Fab Friday. Can’t wait to see what you bring tomorrow. Hugs!

  19. My hubby has an addiction to popcorn, but I just kinda like it:-) NOW I am thinking this would make me love popcorn! Oh my YUM:-) Hugs, Terra

  20. thanks for sharing.

  21. I am speechless of this awesome recipe, I am sure kids will love it. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes with us.

  22. Can’t wait to try this~ I love cotton candy!
    By “cherry flavoring” do you mean the flavoring you add when you make hard candy/lollipops?

  23. Rashonda says:

    I only have 2% milk. Will that work

  24. What the heck did I do wrong? Can you use microwave popcorn? Mine turned out sloppy & gooey. I’m so so sad. Did you ever have a problem with it?

    • Jen, I’ve used microwave popcorn, you just want it to be plain popcorn. I’m wondering did you cook it long enough to get the syrup to the soft ball candy stage? Do you have a candy thermometer?

  25. I made this and went out and bought the cherry flavor to use. It said 1tsp but that was wayyyyy too much. I would use 1/4 tsp.

  26. Where can I find your recipe for the Peanut Butter flavored popcorn?

  27. Lauren F says:

    Hey! I am planning on making this for my daughter’s party on Saturday. Being a working Mom I’m spreading my tasks out over the next few days. How far in advance can I make this and how do you store it to keep it fresh? How long does it usually last? Thanks so much!

    • If you live in a low humidity area, this popcorn can stay fresh (and crisp) for at least a week. Make sure to let popcorn cool and dry, then store it in an airtight container.

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