Microwave Jello Popcorn

I have been making Jello Popcorn for years.
Even before Pinterest if you can believe it.


Now I know there are lots of jello popcorn recipes out there and I'm sure they are lovely but, in my humble opinion, this one is the best because....

1. You make it in the microwave! Don't even get my started on my enormous electric bill this summer. Let's just say I am no longer doing laundry, watching TV or using the oven. Until further notice. So any snack I can make in the microwave without heating up the house is golden.

2. This recipe takes about 10 minutes. So it is my go to snack when kids bring friends over. (And I figure costs less than $3 a batch) Bonus!

3. I always have the ingredients on hand.

4. It can be color coordinated for any holiday, occasion or event. Ashleigh made pumpkin popcorn balls here.

5. EVERY SINGLE TIME I make it, someone asks for the recipe. And I don't brag about my cooking people. I never want to set myself up for failure. But everyone loves this popcorn.


Start with a big bowl of popcorn in a microwave safe bowl. I use my air popper. Approximately 12 cups.

In a medium size microwave safe bowl melt one cube of butter.

Add 3 oz. jello powder. Any flavor. (Half of a regular box)

Add 1/4 cup light corn syrup.

Stir and put the bowl in the microwave for one minute. Stir. Microwave another minute. Stir. Microwave another 30 seconds. Stir. Whenever the mixture is still boiling after you stir, its done. Your microwave may vary. So keep doing 30 second increments as needed.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and stir into mixture. It will get frothy and lighter in color.

Pour this hot (be careful) mixture over your popped popcorn and stir to generally coat. It's hot and can be a bit messy. Just try not to have any big pockets of the jello mixture.

Put the whole bowl of popcorn into the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir.
(It's actually easier to stir at this point and the jello coats the popcorn better.)
Another 30 seconds. Stir. Another 30 seconds. Stir.

Now this is where I stop but you may have to experiment with your microwave and personal taste. The more you microwave it, the crunchier it will be, but you run the risk of burning it.

When you feel you have pressed your luck far enough, pour the popcorn on to some parchment (or your counter cause you're lazy)


Let it cool and look for any kernels that slipped by. In just a few minutes it's ready to put in a bowl and serve.


I made no less than 30 batches of Microwave Jello Popcorn during this summer. And I won't even go into how many of those batches I ate myself. Insert chubby cringing face.


  1. This is soooo yummy. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Definitely the best recipe. My whole family wolfed it down. Thanks so much!

  3. Where have you and this recipe been all my life?! I'm sooo glad I found this blog...we were definitely meant to be buddies.

  4. I have been making Jello popcorn for years....but never in the microwave. Thanks for sharing a great recipe. I'm off to the pantry right now.

  5. I can just imagine the flavors you can achieve. This will be great to send to my grands in their "care packages!"

  6. Okay that I can do ! I've always been afraid of candied popcorn but I'm going to try this!

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  8. LOL that is so neat, and I too would be eating most of it.

  9. Wow! I've never had one these Jell-o Popcorn. I'm so curious of it taste. Better try it at home. I hope I get it right.
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  10. I loved it! My kids always ask me for colored sweet popcorn, and I tried several times with sugar and food coloring, but it never looked really good. I'll try jello now! But can you tell me the weight of the butter? I'm in Brazil and I think our butter cubes must be of different sizes. Thanks!

    1. Hi Silvia! The weight of the butter should be 1/4 pound. Good luck, I hope you find it to be a new favorite at your house! :)

    2. Thanks, Kathryn! I´ll let you know the results as soon as I make them!

  11. I just made three batches. Great instructions and delicious!

  12. I've made it using a paper bag coated with cooking spray. It is easier to mix. All you do is shake the bag.

  13. I don't doubt the goodness for a second! This is the one, Kathryn.

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  14. This is the most original popcorn recipe I've ever seen! I cannot WAIT to try this, I'm a bit of a popcorn freak!

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