Cannabutter candy popcorn

Published Dec 28, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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Whether you're looking for a sweet treat to share on movie night, or you want something that will hit the sweet tooth and get you high, you've found the right place. Popcorn recipes are often bland, with a combination of powder here and a bit of extra salt there. That can work in a pinch if dry and salty is your style, but candy popcorn tastes a million times better, and it requires half as much water to wash it all down. A perk, especially if you're combating a bad case of dry mouth.

What does it taste like?

Regular butter is just popcorn with a thick layer of greasy butter and salt, and though it's delicious, it has nothing on this homemade candy-coated version. It's crunchy and salty, the perfect stoner snack, but it's also mouth-wateringly sweet with an ideal combination of both worlds in every single bite. The candy coating does make this snack a little bit chewier than regular popcorn, but it comes with both a cannabinoid and a sugar buzz that won't ever let you down.

How to make candy popcorn with cannabis

Candy-coated popcorn is the perfect solution no matter how fancy the occasion because it's effortless to make, and it tastes so good that you won't be able to stop until it's all gone. Just beware, as the effects of this flavoured popcorn can be quite intense and delayed, so it might be a good idea to serve up individual portions. That way, everyone can keep track of how much they've eaten, and everyone can avoid going overboard.

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 20 minutes

Calories: 140

Servings: 6


  • 4 quarts popcorn
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cannabutter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon flavouring (bubble-gum, cotton candy, etc.)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5-6 drops of food colouring (any colour you like)


  • Baking pan
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Candy thermometer
  • Silicone spatula


  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 200 F.

  2. Dump all of the popped corn into a baking pan, and then stick it in the oven so that it can stay warm while you work on the candy coating.

  3. Add the granulated sugar, cannabutter, corn syrup, salt, and cream of tartar to a saucepan and then set its burner to medium heat.

  4. Whisk the ingredients together while everything warms-up and be sure to keep stirring the mixture until it reaches a boil.

  5. Now it's time to get out the candy thermometer and adjust your burner to bring temperature so that you can bring the mixture to a perfect 250 F.

  6. Once it reaches 250F, the mixture can be removed from the heat, and the popcorn can be retrieved from the oven.

  7. Carefully drizzle the candy mixture over top of the popcorn, and then use a silicone spatula to mix it up just enough to get an even coating all over each piece.

Leave the candy popcorn to cool for at least 30 minutes, and then it can be broken apart and either enjoyed or stored away for later.


Once it hardens, candy popcorn is at its peak of perfection, and so if you want to be able to enjoy that came goodness later on, then you'll need to store it away properly. For this, you can use Ziplock baggies or airtight plastic storage containers, as either one will seal in the goodness and keep out any moisture that might damage all of your hard work. Do not store candy popcorn in the freezer or fridge, as it will alter the taste and texture, resulting in a stale dessert that is nowhere near as enjoyable. Instead, leave it at room temperature, stored away in a cool dark cupboard if possible, and it can last up to two whole weeks.

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