Valentine’s Day Red Hot Popcorn

Redhot Popcorn // Twin StripeThis may come as no surprise to you, but I am a huge fan of all things Valentine’s Day: the color pink, hearts, candy, cards and more! I also love adding modern elements – colors, glitter, animal prints and more – to the traditional Valentine’s Day aesthetic. When I was planning the packaging for my favorite Valentine’s Day treat, red hot popcorn, I decided to go bold and graphic and create leopard print “fry boxes” with neon hearts on them. As I mentioned, these boxes are also the perfect vehicle to house my beloved red hot popcorn.

Redhot Popcorn in Valentine's Day Fry Boxes // Twin Stripe

If you haven’t tried red hot popcorn, I highly recommend it! It is one of Chad’s favorite Valentine treats and his mom, Alice, was kind enough to share her secret recipe with us. Be careful, this popcorn is addictive!

Red Hot Popcorn: Ingredients

20 cups popped popcorn (around 2 1/2 bags)
9 oz. Red Hots candy
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt

Put popcorn in a large grocery bag. Mix remaining ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave on high until boiling. Stir and cook one additional minute and pour over popcorn. Shake the bag vigorously. Put the bag in microwave one minute on high and shake. Repeat once more, microwaving then shaking. Pour popcorn on large cookie sheet and wait until it cools. Once cool, break up and eat! Store in an air tight container.

Redhot Poprcorn in Valentine's Day Fry Boxes // Twin StripeIn addition to making tasty red hot popcorn, I decorated my fry kraft paper boxes in crazy leopard print paper with a bright pink hear. Decorating your own boxes is easy and just a few tools are need:


Fry Kraft Paper Boxes
Glue Stick
Assorted paper(s)
Heart Paper Punch

To decorate the boxes, you can use any paper that strikes your fancy. I found wrapping paper worked well. Once I picked out my paper, I disassembled one of the fry boxes to use as a stencil. I traced the front panel on my paper and cut the piece out. I carefully glued them to the front of the fry boxes and added the neon heart in the middle.

Filled with treats, these boxes make fun gifts. Using a different papers will help keep the boxes versatile and ready to go for any occasion. Fill them with red hot popcorn and they make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for anyone in your life!


About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

9 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Red Hot Popcorn

  1. How cute and creative is this?! I love different flavors of popcorn, but have certainly never tried this recipe. I’m filing this one under my DIY to-dos this instant!

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  2. Yum! Love the combo of spicy and salty. So cute and creative too.
    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  3. Uh, Katie, did you make this just for me? You know how much I love popcorn! I am totally going to have to try this. Like, now. By the way, what size grocery bag did you use? Just a regular paper bag? And it fits in the microwave?!

    1. That’s right! Just for you! 🙂 It’s so good – you must try it!

      I just use a regular paper bag from Trader Joe’s of Whole Foods. 20 cups of popcorn fill it about 1/3 full. You add the melted ingredients, fold the bag down, shake and then put it in the microwave. I would think most would fit unless your microwave is super small. Enjoy!

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