Party Popcorn

A simple recipe for a festive white chocolate popcorn snack that is perfect for entertaining.

Source: I’ve been making this popcorn treat for years, but recently found some good addition ideas at She Wears Many Hats.

Yield: about 8 cups

I have friends that I get together with once a month, and this week it was my turn to host.  Since my lunch of pasta salad with italian dressing and crescent roll knots with garlic butter was slightly less than impressive, I figured I could wow them with a table snack.  I love white chocolate popcorn, and I loved Amy’s ideas for souping it up and making it a little more… well, fun.

My local grocery store did not carry the colored candy melts, and I was far too lazy to hit a second store, so I just got the plain old white variety and added food coloring.  I was pretty generous with the red food coloring.  You can do that when you buy it in bulk, like I do.

I melted the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave, in 30-second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds.  Meanwhile, I popped the popcorn in my handy dandy air popper.   Once I had the popcorn popped and the chocolate melted and colored, I combined them using a giant bowl and a very long handled wooden spoon.

I love the way these nonpareils look… so festive.  Holiday sprinkles would be cute, too.  I used about half the bottle.

It needs some time to set before you dig in.  I gave it about 30 minutes in the fridge, but if you’re short on time, the freezer would do.

Finally, I moved the finished product into a much cuter glass bowl, and served.


My friends loved it!  So did my kids.  When I took my first taste of the finished product, I half expected it to taste like cherry, or peppermint, or something.  That made me want to try it with some extract.  Which now gives me a good reason to make it again!  (As if I needed one!)

Party Popcorn
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An easy recipe for a festive white chocolate popcorn snack.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8 cups
  • About 8 cups popped popcorn
  • About ⅔ pound white chocolate candy melts
  • Several drops food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles or Nonpareils
  1. Using a glass or microwave safe bowl, melt candy in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  2. Add food coloring to desired color.
  3. While still warm, pour melted chocolate over popcorn in a large bowl, and use a long-handled wooden spoon to stir until well coated.
  4. Add sprinkles or nonpareils and stir.
  5. Refrigerate about 30 minutes to set.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn by Two Peas & Their Pod

Brown Sugar Popcorn by Dine & Dish

Sweet Popcorn Glaze by Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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9 thoughts on “Party Popcorn

  1. Maren M.

    A friend of mine made a version of this the other day but also added cherry cordial M&Ms. Crazy good!!!!!

    This was typed with a bouncy 10 month old on my lap who was trying to pull the earring out of my ear. That’s how important I think the addition of M&M’s is. 🙂

  2. Jen Post author

    M&M’s + popcorn? Fabulous idea!!
    Cherry cordial M&M’s? That’s another story…
    I do appreciate your dedication to M&M’s though! We are so similar that way!

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  8. Tracy

    How long will this last? If my party is at 11:30 can I make it at 9:30 and have it be ok coming out of the fridge at 10? Or would it get stale?


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