University of Michigan Popcorn
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University Of Michigan Popcorn

This flavorful, sweet-salty candied popcorn is positively addictive and dead simple to throw together. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: date night, game night
Method: Bake, Stove Top
Skill Level: Intermediate
Servings: 20
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Marilyn


  • 12 cups popcorn popped (from about 1/2 cup un-popped kernels)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Food coloring


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or line with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Season the popcorn with salt and remove any un-popped kernels from the popcorn. Pour the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet and keep it warm in the oven while you prepare the syrup.
  • In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water and stir gently to combine. Bring the syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of a pan and boil the syrup, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.
  • When the syrup has reached 300 degrees, pull the pan from the heat and remove the thermometer. Stir in the vanilla, almond extract, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Stir in your food coloring of choice.
  • Remove the warm pan of popcorn from the oven and quickly pour the syrup over the popcorn in a thin, steady stream. Wearing heatproof gloves or using two wooden spoons, immediately stir and toss the popcorn to coat. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • When the popcorn has cooled, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.


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Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 1.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg