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Spice up your snack time with this easy cinnamon coated popcorn.

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Is it seriously already Friday? I don’t know where this week has gone. And today marks 5 weeks until my official due date. Which kind of freaks me out, because from the beginning, I’ve been saying that he just needs to stay put until at least after Halloween, and then I’ll be ready to go. But the thing is – I’m totally not even close to ready. In fact, I haven’t done a thing. It’s a good thing that I already have a boy, and most all of the necessities. But I guess I should pick up some diapers…

Annndd… We are not any closer to a name than we were when we found out I was pregnant. My daughter has affectionately given him the nickname of Skipper, so that is what we have all started calling him. I jokingly told my husband the other day that we are going to end up naming him Skipper just because we don’t have another name!!

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We may not have a name, but I do know one thing. If you make this popcorn, at least double the recipe. Because you will have 5 cups of popcorn one minute, and the next minute you will be wondering what happened to all of it. Because this stuff is addictive. And really – when it comes to popcorn – 5 cups is nothing, right??

I’ve seen plenty of red hot popcorn recipes before, but this is the first that I had seen that just takes the candy and melts it in some water. Usually, there is butter and corn syrup involved. Which sounds delicious as well, but I loved the simplicity of this recipe. I do have to say that I had a little bit of a hard time getting the candy to completely melt, and I ended up with a small clump of candy left in the end. But it didn’t matter, because this popcorn was awesome. And I take an extra step to dry the popcorn in the oven, which isn’t totally necessary, but it makes it so that the coating drys and it’s not too messy. I can’t wait to make this again!


Red Hot Popcorn
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Spice up your snack time with this easy cinnamon coated popcorn.
Serves: 2 servings
  • 5 cups plain popped popcorn
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup red hot candies
  1. Preheat the oven to 250F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the water and red hots. Stir until candy is melted. Spoon over the popcorn, then toss to combine.
  3. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake until the popcorn is almost dry, about 20 minutes, stirring once halfway thorugh.
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  5. adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray October 2012

Check out these other popcorn recipes:

Maple Bacon Kettle Corn from Something Edible
Caramel Popcorn Fudge Brownies from Completely Delicious
Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Cashew Popcorn from Taste and Tell
Reese’s Peanut Butter Popcorn from Two Peas and Their Pod
Halloween Popcorn Cake from Taste and Tell

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37 Responses to Fridays with Rachael Ray – Red Hot Popcorn

  1. Rosa says:

    I love the color of that popcorn! Pretty.



  2. branny says:

    I’m having a party with a Blue theme in about two weeks. I think I might try this with blue jelly beans!

  3. Love the simplicity of these ingredients! So much fun!
    And I like the name Skipper. 😉

  4. marla says:

    Such a fun idea for popcorn!

  5. My mom would be all over this, she’s a cinnamon fanatic and loves her Red Hots!! Very fun!!

  6. Abby says:

    Such a cool idea! I love the color. Red hots always make me think of my grandmother. She kept them in a ziplock bag in her purse!

    Maybe his name will come to you when you see his sweet face!

    (And my sister is in labor RIGHT NOW. She was due Oct. 10 with a boy, her second baby.)

  7. carrian says:

    LOVE THIS! And you are going to get on the show. Period

  8. I love fun popcorn recipes and I love cinnamon!

  9. How fun, I love the cinnamon twist!

  10. I need to find a way to take all of this to the movie theaters!

  11. Well this is a popcorn combo that looks just interesting enough that I’m gonna have to try it!

  12. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    So clever! Perfect for my popcorn addiction I am having! 🙂

  13. Joanne says:

    I love the idea of the spicy cinnamony deliciousness paired with popcorn! So addictive.

  14. I like the name Skipper…a cute nickname anyway:) And this popcorn! I went through a phase where I loved red hots, this might just get me back into it!!

  15. Cassie says:

    This is such a great idea! Popcorn is the best snack!

  16. This recipe has basically two ingredients. It doesn’t get easier than that. Love it.

  17. This looks amazing! I am trying to eat healthier, so Im looking for snacks like this!

  18. This is the prettiest popcorn that I’ve ever seen!

  19. These look perfect for Christmas.. or popcorn with a date – make the mouth minty enough to kiss. 🙂

    I like the names

    Baker or Cooke. 😀

  20. Stephanie says:

    This would be great for Valentine’s Day. Oh, did I just skip through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas?! Whoops! =P

    And yay for “Skipper”!

  21. Well that’s some pretty popcorn!

  22. Asiya says:

    Awesome colour on the popcorn!

  23. teresa says:

    i LOVE this idea, it’s so pretty and sounds delicious. it’s been so long since i’ve had a red hot.

    good luck with the last five weeks, oh how i remember those days.

  24. Such a fun idea. I think my family would love this one.

  25. grace says:

    what a clever and delicious idea! plus, bonus, it’s totally doable!!

  26. We had the same problem with names. Unfortunately our son was born 4 weeks early, so we weren’t prepared. We went with the only name we could come close to agreeing on at the time.
    I love this popcorn, a place in my town sells it, and I have been waiting to make it at home – so good!

  27. This popcorn looks so pretty! Totally pinning this one to make for the Chirstmas holidays!

  28. Donna says:

    I love cinnamon red hots – MUST try this!

  29. This looks so fun! I love Rachael Ray. 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous too!

  30. Heather says:

    What did I do wrong? When I went to put the mixture over the popcorn, all the popcorn just shriveled up to a soggy mess.

    • Deborah says:

      @Heather, I’m not sure – I didn’t have that problem. I would suggest pouring on the red hot liquid lightly and trying to stir it all as you pour – that should help. Or maybe adding more popcorn to the mix??

  31. Jamie says:

    Has anyone tried this with kettle corn? Think it would be too sweet then?

  32. Sasha says:

    Is there a range of how long this type of homemade popcorn will last? I want to make it as part of some Christmas presents this year, but want to make sure it will last a couple weeks at least. I would package it of course or put it in some kind of air tight container. Please let me know if you can, I would most appreciate it 🙂

    Happy Holidays

  33. Deemarie says:

    Thank You For Posting All This Yummy Recipes For Popcorn. I Am Going To Make The Red Hot Popcorn For Valentines Day.

  34. Darlene says:

    My husband likes this easy cinnamon popcorn better than the popcorn made with corn syrup and butter!

  35. Rog says:

    I make this all the time its good good good!!

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