Red White and Blue Popcorn

Red White and Blue Popcorn

If you're looking to light up your next summer party with a burst of patriotic spirit (and satisfy those snack cravings), this Patriotic Popcorn is calling your name. Decked out in red, white, and blue, this treat is super easy to make and even more fun to eat. 

This fun popcorn recipe isn't just for Fourth of July celebrations, it can also be your go-to treat for any festivity! Hosting a red themed party? Ditch the blue candy melts and load up on more red and white for a two-tone twist.

Planning a baby shower? Swap in pastel candy melts and themed sprinkles for an adorable addition to the dessert table. For a sports party, match your team's colors with coordinating candy melts and sprinkles. This popcorn makes a perfect Christmas treat by using red, white and green candy melts.

You can even adjust the M&Ms and sprinkles to reflect a birthday theme, a seasonal gathering, or any special occasion that calls for a bright, personalized snack. With so many ways to customize, this recipe becomes the perfect crowd-pleaser no matter the celebration.

Patriotic Popcorn Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: About 6-8 cups


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup red candy melts
  • 1/4 cup white candy melts
  • 1/4 cup blue candy melts
  • 1/4 cup M&Ms (preferably red, white, and blue)
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles (stars and stripes themed if you can find them!)
Patriotic Popcorn Ingredients


  • Pop the Corn:
    • Air Popper: Follow the instructions for your air popper and get that 1/2 cup of kernels popping!
    • Microwave: Pop your kernels in a brown paper bag (folded at the top a few times). Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops.
  • Melt the Candy: Pop the red, white, and blue candy melts into separate microwave-safe bowls. Microwave each one for 1 minute, give them a good stir, then zap them for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval, until they're perfectly melted. Transfer each color into separate piping bags (or zip-top bags with a corner snipped off).
  • Assemble Your Snack: Spread your freshly popped popcorn on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle all those patriotic colors over the popcorn, zig-zagging your piping bags like a candy-decorating maestro. Before the candy sets, sprinkle on the red, white, and blue M&Ms and decorative sprinkles.
red white and blue popcorn
  • Let It Set: Leave the tray out at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes to let the candy melts harden. In a hurry? Pop the tray in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Serve and Celebrate: Once the candy is firm, break up your Patriotic Popcorn into festive clusters. Pile them high in a bowl or pack them into cute individual bags for the perfect party favor.

    Whether you're celebrating Independence Day or just in the mood to snack in style, this recipe is a winner for all ages. Grab a handful, and enjoy your crunchy, colorful, and oh-so-patriotic treat!

    Patriotic Popcorn

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Can I use microwave popcorn instead of popping kernels from scratch?
      Absolutely! Just make sure to choose plain or lightly salted microwave popcorn so it doesn't overpower the candy flavors.

    2. What if I can't find candy melts?
      No worries! You can substitute them with white chocolate chips or regular chocolate melts. Just add some food coloring to achieve those vibrant patriotic colors.

    3. Are there other candies that work well with this recipe?
      Definitely! Try using colorful Skittles, jelly beans, or even pretzel pieces for a sweet-and-salty twist.

    4. Can I customize the colors and themes?
      Go for it! Swap out the red, white, and blue theme for your favorite sports team's colors, or use pastel shades for a springtime celebration.

    5. How do I store leftover popcorn?
      If you manage to have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days to keep them fresh and crunchy.

    Feel free to get creative and personalize your popcorn to match any occasion. It’s a fun snack that’s versatile enough to bring extra cheer to any event!