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How to Prepare Popcorn Gummies: Popcorn Gummies Recipe

This recipe will tell you how to make Gummy Bear popcorn. Gummy bears are best remembered as sweet and sour delicacies, but with this Popcorn Gummies recipe, you will transform these sour treats into an enjoyable savoury snack perfect for the holidays!

PopCorn with Gummy Bear Recipe

What are the Ingredients of Popcorn Gummies?

The ingredients of gummy bear popcorn are:

  • 18 cups, popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup light-colored syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Gummy worms

What Kind of Gummies can be Used in Popcorn Gummies?

The kind of gummies that can be used in this recipe of gummy popcorn are worm gummies and gummy bears. Worm gummies and gummy bears come respectively in small worm and bear shapes and very saturated colours derived from fruits. They both have a sweet and sour tangy taste that can brighten up anyone’s day. These gummies also come in different varieties ranging from herbal gummies to sugar-free gummies.

How to Make Popcorn Gummies 

The steps to make popcorn gummies are listed down below. 

1. Pop the Corn Kernels

First, you will pop your corn kernels, so that you will have popcorn. You can use a microwave for this step. 

For those using a microwave, place 1/3 cup kernels (no oil needed) in a large microwave-safe bowl and then cover it with a microwave-safe plate and cook on High for 2 to 3 minutes. After 2-3 minutes, you can take it out and season it to your personal preference. 

For those not using a microwave, you can also do this step with a stovetop.

2. Remove Unpopped Kernels

Secondly, look at your new batch of popcorn if there have been kernels that have not popped. After removing these unpopped kernels, place your popcorn in a greased roast pan and then pop it inside the oven/microwave. The temperature that you will follow to keep it warm is 300 degrees F. 

3. Prepare the Ingredients of Gummy Bear Syrup

Third, you will prepare the ingredients of the special Gummy Bear Syrup. This syrup is a vital step as it will give a lot of flavour to the popcorn gummy candy. 

For the Gummy Bear Syrup, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup light-colored syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Gather the ingredients. Once all of them are complete, you can now get started on producing the syrup. 

4. Make Gummy Bear Syrup for Popcorn Gummies

For the fourth step, you will produce the Gummy Bear Syrup. Start by buttering the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. After that, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt in your saucepan. Continue to cook and stir over medium-high heat until the mixture boils for 6 minutes; this will dissolve the sugar. 

Once the mixture has boiled, clip a candy thermometer to your pan and reduce your heat to medium and continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Your mixture will be ready, too if the candy thermometer registers 250 degrees.

After that, you can turn the heat off, remove the thermometer and stir in vanilla. 

5. Pour Syrup over the Popcorns

Fifth, gently pour your new syrup over the hot popcorn. After that, stir gently so you can coat the popcorn in the sweet syrup. You can add your gummy bears and worms to the mix then cool it for a few minutes.

6. Shape the Popcorn Gummies

Sixth, you will shape the popcorn gummies. This step is super simple. You will butter your hands and then shape the mixture into 2-1/2-inch diameter balls. 

7. Wrap Popcorn Gummies in Plastic Wrap

After shaping your popcorn gummies, you will wrap the balls individually in plastic wrap. This will ensure that the popcorn gummies will not lose their shape. 

8. Store at Room Temperature

Last, store your popcorn gummies at room temperature. This way, you will keep them not too hot, not too cold and at a place that is safe. You can keep the popcorn gummies like this for up to three days. 

What Tools are Required to Make Popcorn Gummies?

The tools required to make popcorn gummies are:

  • A microwave-safe bowl
  • A microwave-safe plate
  • A microwave
  • A candy thermometer
  • A saucepan
  • A long spoon
  • Plastic wrap

What to Consider while Making Popcorn Gummies

The things you need to consider while making your popcorn gummies are the following:

  • Keep your popcorn warm while you are making your syrup. If your popcorn becomes old, it will no longer taste as good and it will not mesh well with the hot syrup. 
  • While making your syrup, please check the temperature and the number of ingredients you use. Making candy-related concoctions can be tricky and relies on the accuracy of the amount of ingredients you will use and the precision of your temperature. If you put too much of this ingredient, you might end up compromising the taste and possibly the texture of your end product. 

How Long does It Take to Prepare Popcorn Gummies?

It takes a total of 1 hour and 16 minutes to prepare the popcorn gummies. Prep time takes 30 minutes while cooking time lasts up to 26 minutes. The time for the cooling of the popcorn gummies, lastly, takes 20 minutes. 

Is It Easy to Make Popcorn Gummies? 

Yes, it is easy to make popcorn gummies. The ingredients used for this recipe of popcorn gummies are easy to get, especially from baking stores and online. The culinary techniques used in this recipe are relatively simple, too.

How Many Servings is This Recipe of Popcorn Gummies?

This recipe for Popcorn Gummies can yield up to 20 servings of popcorn gummies.

What does Popcorn Gummies Taste Like?

Popcorn Gummies taste sweet and tangy and have a bit of saltiness; they have a crunchy texture. Its saltiness and crunchy texture can be attributed to its main ingredient being popcorn, while its sweetness with sour notes is because of the syrup and gummy bears. 

Is Popcorn Gummies Suitable for Children?

No, Popcorn Gummies are not suitable for children below 4 years because their main ingredients, popcorn and gummy bears are choking hazards especially for small children who are 4 years old and below. Children below 4 years old are at a greater risk of choking. When they turn 4, they are only able to chew properly. 

In addition to that, gummy bears have a high sugar content that can upset the stomachs of small children and they can easily stick to the teeth of children. 

Overall, Popcorn Gummies have 186 calories, 46 g of carbohydrates, 1g of insoluble fibre, 2g of protein, 71 mg of sodium and 0.2 mg iron per serving. 

Which Flavors are Compatible with Popcorn Gummies?

Flavors compatible with popcorn gummies are:

  • Vanilla ice cream – Vanilla ice cream is a universal flavour that goes well with anything and everything around the sun. It has a sweet but not too sweet flavor that is plain enough to complement stronger and sweeter flavours. Its plain taste and smooth texture will not overpower Popcorn Gummy Bears and it will complement and contrast its texture and burst of flavours. 
  • Butter ice cream – Butter is a unique flavour in ice cream. Butter ice cream is a popular sweet in Japan and Singapore. It is usually served in those countries in ice cream bar packaging. It has a creamy and smooth texture with a buttery milk taste. Its taste and texture will mesh well with the Popcorn Gummies due to them both having butter taste notes. 

Does ZenBears produce Popcorn Gummies?

No, ZenBears does not produce Popcorn Gummies. 

Can I Use ZenBears CBD Gummies for Popcorn Gummies?

No, you cannot use ZenBears Gummies for Popcorn Gummies because of its CBD content. If you ingest too much of ZenBears CBD Gummies and use it for the Popcorn Gummies recipe, you will suffer from headaches, fatigue and diarrhoea.