Cotton Candy Popcorn is made with real cotton candy and coated in a sweet marshmallow mixture. It is a colorful treat perfect for a birthday party or movie night.

Cotton Candy popcorn in bowls.
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This delicious Cotton Candy Popcorn is an easy to make popcorn treat with real cotton candy flavor. This recipe starts with plain popcorn and the addition of a few simple ingredients turns it into a sweet and tasty treat. I have been making Flavored Popcorn Recipes for years.

The kids also love Cotton Candy Cake and more Cotton Candy Desserts.

Why This Recipe Works

The popcorn is coated in melted marshmallows, colorful candy melts and sprinkles. Cotton candy is mixed all throughout the popcorn.

Once you know how to make cotton candy popcorn, you will be hooked on this Cotton Candy Popcorn recipe. This recipe taste great and it’s so pretty for baby showers, birthday parties and more.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cotton Candy popcorn- popcorn, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, cotton candy, candy melts.
  • Popped Popcorn. Make sure to remove any kernels out of the popcorn.
  • Mini Marshmallows. The smaller size mixes in perfectly.
  • Multi-colored Sprinkles. The different colors make the recipe so festive.
  • Cotton Candy. You can use any color.
  • Candy Melts. Pink, blue and yellow candy melts give this recipe lots of color.

Find the complete list of ingredients at the bottom of the page.

How to Make Cotton Candy Popcorn

  • Step 1. Prepare the popcorn. Pop the popcorn and remove any unpopped popcorn kernels.  Place the cups of popcorn in a large mixing bowl. 
Mini marshmallows in a bowl.

Step 2. Melt the marshmallows. Add the marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl.

Marshmallows melted in bowl.

Step 3. Microwave in 30 second intervals. Continue until melted.

Popcorn spread on pan.

Step 4. Coat the popcorn in melted marshmallows. Gently toss to coat. Then spread the popcorn out on a baking pan.

Sprinkles added to popcorn.

Step 5. Top with sprinkles and cotton candy.

Cotton candy pieces spread into popcorn.

Step 6. Break the cotton candy into small pieces and place throughout the popcorn.

Pink popcorn on baking sheet.

Step 7. Divide the remaining popcorn into 3 small bowls. Melt each color of the candy melts in separate bowls. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Pour each color over the popcorn in small bowls and gently toss to coat.  

Blue popcorn on baking sheet.

Step 8. Place the popcorn on baking sheet.

Popcorn in bowl.

Step 9. Break apart the marshmallow coated popcorn into small pieces.  Gently stir in the colored popcorn. 

Storage

Store the leftover cotton candy flavored popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

Pro Tips

  • Popcorn. We used plain popcorn but you can try using buttered popcorn to make popcorn cotton candy.
  • Different colors of candy melts. You can use any color of candy melts you prefer. We recommend using candy melts instead of white chocolate with food coloring.
  • Prepare the pan. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to make clean up easier.

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Cotton Candy Popcorn

5 from 4 votes
Cotton Candy Popcorn is made with real cotton candy and coated in a sweet marshmallow mixture. It is a colorful treat perfect for a birthday party or movie night.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 333

Ingredients

  • 12 cups Popped Popcorn
  • 1 bag Mini Marshmallows 10 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Multi-colored Sprinkles
  • 2 cups Cotton Candy any color
  • 3 ounces Pink Candy Melts
  • 3 ounces Blue Candy Melts
  • 3 ounces Yellow Candy Melts
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Instructions

  • Pop the popcorn and remove any unpopped kernels.  Place 9 cups of the popcorn in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted and smooth.
  • Pour the melted marshmallow mixture on top of the popcorn and gently toss to coat the popcorn in the melted marshmallows.
  • Then spread the popcorn out on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  • Sprinkle the sprinkles on top.  Break the cotton candy into small pieces and place it throughout the popcorn as well. Allow the popcorn to sit at room temperature until the marshmallow mixture cools.
  • Divide the remaining popcorn evenly into 3 small mixing bowls.
  • Melt each color of the candy melts in separate bowls by microwaving them in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted.
  • Pour each color over the popcorn in small bowls and gently toss to coat.
  • Spread the colored popcorn onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper to cool.
  • Break apart the marshmallow coated popcorn into small pieces.  Gently stir in the colored popcorn.
  • Then the popcorn is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 333kcal, Carbohydrates 75g, Protein 2g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g, Sodium 26mg, Potassium 37mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 61g, Vitamin A 22IU, Calcium 1mg, Iron 0.4mg

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