How to Make Candy Popcorn with Pancake Syrup


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Pancake syrup is sugar syrup made with flavors, juice, or maple.

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Candy popcorn is made with a sugar syrup cooked to the softball stage.    Why not cook a pancake syrup to the softball stage and make candy popcorn?

We’ve done that.  We’ve cooked pancake syrups to the softball stage and made terrific candy popcorn.  Linde, in our store, doesn’t even bother doing that.  She simply pours the syrup over her popcorn.

And now that we carry syrup mixes, they make perfect candy popcorn mixes.  Make it just like you’re making pancake syrup but cook it another five minutes or so, to the softball stage.  


Buttermilk syrup is very much like caramel syrup, maybe a bit more like butterscotch.  The syrup is very good . . . and so is the popcorn.  It’s a quick, easy way to make caramel popcorn.  

For easy popcorn, shop these syrup mixes in ten flavors.  

Instead of using a pancake syrup mix, you can use pancake syrups in bottles.  Same principle—you just cook it to thicken it, add baking soda, and pour it over your popcorn.  

Shop these syrups in 21 flavors.  

And there are lots of sugar-based syrup recipes floating around.  You can make candied popcorn out of any of these.  

How to Make Candy Popcorn

The technique for making candy popcorn is simple: Create a sugar syrup, cook it to the softball stage, add baking soda, and pour it over your popcorn.

Since pancake syrup is technically a sugar syrup, you can do the same with that.  (If you are using buttermilk syrup, the soda has already been added to make the syrup.)  So here are the steps:

  1. Cook the syrup to 240 degrees, the soft ball stage.
  2. Remove it from the heat and stir in baking soda.
  3. Pour the warm candy over popped corn.

You can also make popcorn balls with any of these syrups.  To make popcorn balls, simply butter your hands and form balls with the warm, candy-coated popcorn.

 How to Make Lemon Popcorn with Syrup

6Pop 2/3 cup quality popcorn kernels.

Use our Lemon Pancake Syrup Mix and mix and cook according to package directions. 

Make sure not to let any sugar stick to the edges of the pan or your whole batch may crystallize. Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 235-245 degrees.

Remove the pan from the stove and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and stir quickly as the mixture begins to bubble. Add pink food coloring. We used Americolor Deep Pink food color gel.  (See the color swatch on the right.)  Mixing the deep pink color with the yellow syrup produced a sunrise pink color of popcorn.  Choose from 41 professional Colors

Pour the candy over the popped popcorn. Fold it into the popcorn until evenly coated.

How to Make Marionberry Popcorn with Marionberry Syrup

7Pop 2/3 cup quality popcorn kernels.

Use two 11.5 ounce jars of Marionberry Pancake Syrup Mix.  Cook over medium high heat and stirring regularly until the mixture reaches 235-245 degrees. (Please use a candy thermometer or use a softball candy test.  I use the softball test often—take a little syrup from the pan and drizzle cool water over it.  See if it sets up to a malleable, soft ball of candy.)

Remove the pan from the stove and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and stir quickly as the mixture begins to bubble. Add the pink food coloring.

Pour the candy over the popped popcorn. Fold it into the popcorn until evenly coated.

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