How to Make Unicorn Popcorn

  • Author: Sue
  • Published: September 16, 2021
  • Time to read: 5 min.

If you’re looking for a fun treat for movie night or for a kids’ birthday party, you can’t beat unicorn popcorn.

Unicorn popcorn is colorful, fun popcorn that you decorate with more than just popcorn kernels, including sprinkles, tiny marshmallows, small candies, and anything else you think would taste good. Unicorn popcorn can be made in any color you like, and you can start with just plain popcorn because the items you add to it will add tonnes of flavor.

Unicorn Popcorn Ingredients List

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Franklin’s Gourmet Popcorn
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$24.99
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What Flavor Is Unicorn Popcorn?

Unicorn popcorn starts with plain popcorn then you add all sorts of ingredients to make it taste great and look like a unicorn threw up!

The fun part is it’s entirely up to you how to make unicorn popcorn. While most recipes use candy melts and sprinkles, you can use tiny candies or marshmallows if you like. Just use your creative side to come up with something unique, and remember to use as many colors as you can to make it sparkle!

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Unicorn Popcorn Recipes – Easy to Make and Easy to Enjoy

Recipe #1

Pop six cups of air-popped popcorn and when it’s done, spread it out on two different baking sheets. With pink food spray (if you can’t find the spray, melt three tablespoons of coconut oil and add a few drops of red food coloring), spray the top of the popcorn, then turn it over and spray the other side. You’ll want to spray as much of each kernel as possible.

Let the popcorn dry.

Take one-half cup of pink candy melts and one-half cup of blue candy melts.

Put each color in a small microwavable bowl and heat each of them for 25 seconds.

Stir, and reheat as needed. If it’s having a hard time melting, add in about one-half teaspoon of coconut oil so the candy melts better.

Next, drizzle half of each color candy melts over the popcorn.

Then sprinkle with pink and blue sprinkles. At this point, you’ll need to reheat the candy melts, then toss the popcorn so that the other side can be coated with a second drizzle.

Recipe #2

Preheat a large pan, using your medium-high heat setting. Add one-fourth cup of butter-flavored popcorn oil, two cups of popcorn kernels, and one teaspoon of sea salt. Put the lid on your pan and shake it occasionally as it pops. When the popping starts to slow down, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to finish popping. Next, spread just a thin layer of popcorn on a baking sheet.

Next, you’ll be drizzling melted candy over the popcorn, then throw some sprinkles on. You’ll do this in layers, with each layer of popcorn receiving candy melts and the sprinkles. Here’s a fun way to layer the order:

You’ll have to make sure each color of the candy melts completely before you drizzle it on the popcorn. The melted candy also helps the sprinkles stick to the popcorn better. In addition, you can use candy melts and sprinkles in any color you like.

You can choose school colors, rainbow colors, a child’s favorite colors, or just single colors such as pink, green, yellow, and so on. Always let the popcorn cool off completely before you eat it.

Recipe #3

This recipe is a little different because you’ll be using Sixlets candies instead of sprinkles. Pop enough popcorn to fit in a large bowl. You can use microwave popcorn or cook your own on the stove or with an air popper.

Use three to four different colors of candy melts and three to four colors of Sixlets candies – preferably the same four colors. After the popcorn is in the bowl, melt the candy melts and sprinkle each color over the popcorn, mixing the bowl and tossing the popcorn together after each color.

After the colors are sprinkled over the popcorn, toss the popcorn one more times to get the melted candy more evenly spread.

When you’re done, sprinkle all of the Sixlets candies over the top of the popcorn and let it cool before you eat it.

Recipe Formula

As you can see, most unicorn popcorn recipes follow the same basic steps – you might also like our article on how to make rainbow popcorn.

You simply pop your popcorn – the plainer, the better – sprinkle melted candy melts on top of the popcorn, then top everything off with sprinkles or candies before letting it cool down so you can eat it. You can place the candy melts in the same popcorn, or use a separate color of candy melts for each layer of popcorn. It’s really up to you how much sparkle you want to add!

Tips for Making Great Unicorn Popcorn

  • If you can’t find candy melts in the colors you want, no problem. All you have to do is buy white candy melts and color them yourself. If you do this, always use food coloring made just for candy because regular or even gel food colorings will not work. This is a very important tip to remember!
  • You’ll want to use at least one-half cup of each of the candy melt colors to have enough to sprinkle over the popcorn. Many people also buy small, colorfully decorated containers to put the unicorn popcorn in because this makes it even more fun for kids to eat their popcorn.

Finally, keep in mind that you can use any color and any color theme that you like for your unicorn popcorn, including:

  • Mermaid unicorn popcorn, using blue, purple, and green candy melts and a special summer mix of sprinkles
  • Galaxy unicorn popcorn, using dark purple and black candy melts and adding specially made galaxy sprinkles
  • Rainbow unicorn popcorn, using candy melts in the color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) and brightly colored rainbow sprinkles

A Ridiculously Fun Treat

Unicorn popcorn is not only delicious but it’s a tonne of fun! This colorful treat can be as unique as you want it to be because you’re not just limited to candy melts and sprinkles.

Try all types of small candies, tiny marshmallows, red hot candies, nonpareils, small round candies, confetti sprinkles, sprinkles made out of fine sugar, and even sugar sprinkles that come in many different shapes. If you browse online or at a local party or craft store, you can find even more choices that will make each batch of unicorn popcorn even more special than the last.

If you’ve never tried making unicorn popcorn, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. It’s great for parties, movie nights, or any night that you just feel like having a special treat!

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