1950's Pink Popcorn

Old-fashioned ice cream parlours use to be the “in thing” in metro Detroit. However overtime, many of these places faded out, but the memories remain. One of my parlours sold fresh popped popcorn coated with thick pink sugar, creating the ideal sweet and salty combination. Recently I was given a 1950’s cookbook, and one of the recipes in the book was old-fashioned pink popcorn. Immediately I had to give the recipe a try, and the result was pink perfection
1950's Pink Popcorn
2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped (or two bags of popcorn)
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup half and half
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
pink food gel (a little goes a long way)

Place popped popcorn in a large bowl also lay out waxed paper on the counter.
In a large saucepan combine sugar, half and half, corn syrup and salt.  Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Heat mixture to 230 degrees, stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat – add vanilla and food coloring. Drizzle mixture over popped popcorn and gently stir until popcorn is evenly coated. Pour mixture onto waxed paper and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Note: pink popcorn is best when eaten the day it is made


  1. Okay this looks so good! I remember having this as a kid. How cute would it be in a cello bag tied with pretty ribbon for a favor or something else? I am so using this for a bday party or something!!

  2. So fun and delicious! I love the pink pop of color haha.

  3. What a great flash-back post. I am definitely going to give this a try.

  4. very cute! This would be so fun for a girly party!

  5. Im not sure if I could like the taste of this but I love the way it looks

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  7. Oh my goodness! I've never seen pink popcorn! That would be fun to have for a girl's night in or a bridal shower!

  8. How fun! I just bought one of the stovetop popcorn makers last weekend actually and it's been so fun to use. :)

  9. I've never heard of this!! But it looks awesome. I definitely am going to have to try it :) Thanks for the recipe!