A pop of green

I remember a magical moment; waking up to find green footprints leading me into the bathroom where a large dinosaur formerly known as a brontosaurus sat in the tub, inflatable and green. It was St. Patrick's day and I was six and a half.

I think I love holidays because they all come with a little dose of magic. What's more magical than finding gold at the end of the rainbow? Perhaps these things seem so much more magical as a child because we don't know how the mechanics of the world work yet. Either way we try right? We dye scrambled eggs, rivers, and beer green for one day a year. So I ask you... why not popcorn?!

This is an easy little DIY to create some green magic and a pretty healthy snack.

— Popcorn, popped in an air popper or plain microwavable
— Green food coloring
— About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
— Clean spray bottle previously used only for water or food purposes
— Optional seasonings of salt, dill, OR seaweed 


  1. Poor olive oil into the spray bottle and add about 8 drops of food color. 
  2. Shake vigorously. Test that it squirts out of the bottle. It will likely only squirt not mist.
  3. As your popcorn pops into your bowl spray with green oil. Or squirt on after for microwave popped.
  4. Add additional seasonings of your choice. I recommend dill or seaweed seasoning for even more green!

(Be aware that when you use a lot of food coloring you can sometimes taste it. I recommend adding enough to create some pops of green instead of trying to douse every kernel in color).

An Easter Update
You can also use this green popcorn to make an Easter egg hunt snack. Use the green popcorn as grass and then hide candy eggs inside.