Mermaid Popcorn Recipe – Fun, Fast, and Easy

We made this easy mermaid popcorn and there were smiles all around. It’s colorful, quick, and the kids love to help whip up this tasty treat.

If you want Little Mermaid popcorn for a party, movie night, or just for a fun snack, this easy recipe walks you through each step. The best part is that you can change it up and use any colors you want!

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Mermaid Popcorn

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love all creating a good candy popcorn recipe. Between making adorable mermaid costumes for dress-up or giving mermaid slime as gifts, we’re a little mermaid-obsessed. Heck, we even made an easy mermaid foot scrub, just for fun – it’s GORGEOUS by the way, and perfect for gift-giving.

When I needed to make a treat for The Little Mermaid family movie night, I made the best candy popcorn recipe ever – mermaid popcorn. We chose some beautiful colors but you can also create a pastel version, too.

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Tips to Make this Candy Popcorn Recipe

  • Make sure to stir the mermaid popcorn a lot to coat everything. Some uncoated popcorn is expected, but make sure that each has a little colorful candy.
  • You can use white chocolate and color it yourself instead of the candy melts. Because candy melts have less oil and are already colored, they’re easier to work with.
  • Don’t make the popcorn too early or pour the chocolate on it when it’s too hot. Try to make sure everything is in the “warm” range so that the popcorn doesn’t shrink.
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How to Make Mermaid Popcorn

I’m so glad you asked – below is the written recipe for this delicious treat. If you’re making a mermaid party ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our mermaid popcorn video tutorial.

For a printable version of this mermaid popcorn recipe, scroll to the bottom. Select print and your parameters.

First, line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread the popped corn onto the sheet.

Place candy melts and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.

Pour melted candy over popcorn. Acting quickly, use a spoon to mix everything together until all popcorn is covered.

Sprinkle with crystal sugar, but save some sugar for a final sprinkling. Let set for 15-20 minutes.

Serve in individual bowls and top with Skittles, sprinkles, or gum balls. Sprinkle remaining crystal sugar, if desired.

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How to Flavor and Color With Skittles (Skittles Popcorn)

I have had many questions over the years about how to make this and my unicorn popcorn recipe with Skittles. It’s so easy and you just need a bag of Skittles, a 1/2 cup measuring cup, and a food processor (or blender).

First, follow the recipe above but don’t melt the candy until you do the following. Separate each color of Skittle into their own pile, reserving a few to sprinkle on top at the end.

Take about 1/2 cup of the same color Skittles and blend / process until they turn into a fine powder. You can use one, two or all colors – just repeat with each color of candy for the Skittles sugar, keeping them separated.

Melt the candy as above and pour over the popcorn. Add the candy to a portion of popcorn and sprinkle with a single color of Skittles sugar. Turn the section over and repeat with the other half. Repeat until all colors are used and top each section with the corresponding Skittles.

More Mermaid Party Ideas You Might Like

  • Little Mermaid Dinglehopper Cupcakes – You will have everyone WOWing with these cute mermaid cupcakes (psst Dollar Tree find).
  • Mermaid Slime – If you need a party favor that an entire school of little mermaids will love, this mermaid slime will be the wave that knocks them all over!
  • Mermaid Rice Krispies – These cute (and FUN) treats make a great party favor for little hands to take with them.
  • Easy No-Sew Mermaid Costume – These are so easy, you could do this as an activity at a party for preschoolers. How cool would that be?!
  • Mermaid Foot Scrub – If you’re throwing a mermaid party for a little older crowd, you could make mermaid foot scrub together and let the mermaids customize their own!

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Mermaid Popcorn Printable Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Mermaid Popcorn Recipe

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This mermaid popcorn recipe will delight all ages. A colorful, candy-filled treat is just a few minutes away but it looks like you spent hours on it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups popcorn, popped and kernels removed
  • 1 ½ cups blue candy melts
  • 1 ½ tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup green crystal sugar
  • Green Skittles, for topping
  • Purple gum balls or other candy, for topping

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread the popped corn onto the sheet.
  2. Place candy melts and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
  3. Pour melted candy over popcorn. Use a spoon to mix everything together until all popcorn kernels are colored.
  4. Sprinkle with crystal sugar - save some for final sprinkling. easy candy popcorn recipe candy mermaid popcorn in a rectangle bowl on a white background
  5. Let set for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve in individual bowls and top with Skittles and gum balls. Sprinkle additional crystal sugar, if desired. Horizontal photo collage of how to make mermaid popcorn with six images with each step.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 116gFiber: 1gSugar: 78gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. Please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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