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Lemon Cloud Popcorn

"I love the unexpected lemony flavor of this light snack," says field editor Trudie Hagen of Roggen, Colorado.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 quarts


  • 4-1/2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest


  • Place popcorn in two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Keep warm in a 225° oven.
  • Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally until mixture reaches 290° on a candy thermometer (soft-crack stage). Remove from the heat; quickly stir in extract and baking soda. Pour over warm popcorn. Sprinkle with lemon zest; stir until well coated. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note: 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels equals about 4 cups popped popcorn.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 153 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Sisco203
    Dec 19, 2010

    While I wouldn't exactly call this a "quick" recipe, it is definitely worth the time. It's absolutely delicious. I made it for Christmas gifts for my neighbors and they asked for the recipe. I used three bags of microwave popcorn and it worked out well. Also, be sure you pour the syrup fast or it will harden up on you in the pan and you can't re-heat it.