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Weekend Chef: Popcorn for your Oscar Party!

Posted 2:32pm on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

OK, this is just totally for kicks! But after seeing roses made of bacon for Valentine’s Day, I decided to try my hand at making some fun food.

So with the Oscars coming up, I decided to make some gold popcorn. Now when I say gold, I am not talkin’ “butter” gold, I am talkin’ full-on shiny “Oscar” gold. It is actually pretty easy. It turns out they make gold spray paint for food. It is used mainly in cake decorating, but hey, I am think gold popcorn… maybe even a gold apple (I think Snow White is up for something?)

So I stopped by my local Hobby Lobby and pick up a can of Wilton’s Gold Color Mist spray (Michaels also carries it). It was only $4 a can, so I picked up two. Looking around the cake-decorating aisle, I also noticed icing in what looked liked white glue bottles… I have to admit that I have rarely gone down this aisle, but when did the cake-decorating aisle start looking like an aisle at the hardware store?

At the grocery store I picked up bags of both plain white popped popcorn and caramel popcorn to see which would coat better with the gold spray. After a quick test I determined I liked the coating on the caramel corn better, although the white looked good too. The caramel corn also tasted better. Even though the can said it had no taste, I could taste a trace of alcohol in the gold sprayed white popcorn.

The can says it is edible, but I am thinking I am just going to spray just the top of the caramel popcorn in the bowl for effect, and leave the popcorn underneath alone. No need to push the edible thing too far and eat a whole can of this stuff. Besides, I need to save some for the apples.

Oscar Gold Popcorn


  • 1 bowl caramel popped popcorn
  • 1 can Wilton's Gold Color Mist spray

Cooking Directions

  1. First you need a bowl of caramel popcorn, put some paper between the bowl and popcorn before spraying to help keep the gold spray contained to just inside the bowl (check picture in slideshow above).

  2. Spray the top of the popcorn with the edible gold food spray. I suggest doing this outside or in a well-ventilated area.

  3. Let dry for 15 minutes, then remove paper and serve.

The Popcorn turned out really gold looking, and tasted fine. One thing I noticed is that it sprays on yellow and dries gold. Just for fun I also did an apple that turned out pretty good, although I think Snow White would have passed on taking a bite.

Be sure to check out the slideshow above for step-by-step pictures.

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