Chocolate Popcorn is a sweet and salty blend of freshly popped popcorn and a rich chocolate coating. It is the perfect movie night snack or party food. Each chocolate covered popcorn handful is so tasty and decadent.

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Popcorn is a favorite around here and I’m always looking for new ways to serve it. The possibilities are endless and today we are making the most delicious chocolate covered popcorn.

If you love the combination of sweet and salty, this recipe will definitely be a hit. It is so easy to prepare and the recipe is very frugal. The entire batch of popcorn can be made without much time or expense.

This recipe is simple enough to make for your family any day of the week. However, we think its special enough for birthday parties, holidays and more. It never disappoints and tastes like a dream for anyone that loves chocolate. I also like to make Candy Popcorn.

Ingredients for chocolate popcorn.

Ingredients: 

  • Popped Popcorn
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Unsalted Butter 
  • Light Corn Syrup 
  • Salt 
  • Cocoa Powder 
  • Baking Soda 
Chocolate popcorn in a bowl.

How to make chocolate popcorn:

  • Step 1. First, preheat the oven and get your sheet pan ready. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.  You may need 2 baking sheets based on the size that you are using.
  • Step 2. Combine the butter and sugar. In a large saucepan, heat the butter until melted.  Then stir in the sugar, corn syrup, salt and cocoa powder.  
  • Step 3. Boil the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Then boil for approximately 5 minutes without stirring. 
  • Step 4. Remove from heat. Stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam up when the baking soda is added.
  • Step 5. Remove any unpopped kernels. Place the popped popcorn on the baking sheets and remove any of the unpopped kernels.
  • Step 6. Coat the popcorn. Pour this mixture over the popcorn in a large bowl and gently toss the popcorn to coat it with the mixture.
  • Step 7. Bake the popcorn. Bake the popcorn for 30 minutes, stirring the popcorn every 10 minutes.
  • Step 8. Allow to cool. Remove the popcorn from the oven and let the popcorn cool.  
  • Step 9. Break the popcorn into pieces. Serve and enjoy! It will go fast because it is so delicious.
Chocolate popcorn on baking sheet.

How to store:

Store in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 1 week. I doubt it lasts that long though. We eat ours within days!

Chocolate popcorn in a bowl.

Variations

  • Chocolate Chips. Instead of making the mixture with cocoa powder, you can melt chocolate chips and drizzle on the popcorn. We also love chocolate drizzled popcorn.

    Try using milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate. It would also be pretty and delicious to combine several flavors. You can use coconut oil to thin it.

    Melt using a microwave safe bowl in increments of 30 seconds stirring in between each one. You can also use a double boiler if you prefer.
  • Popcorn. We used plain microwave popcorn but you can use store bought if you prefer. Just use whatever is easiest for you or you have in the pantry.
  • Candy melts. You can melt candy melts in different colors to coat the popcorn with. This is an easy way to make it work for birthday themes, holidays and special occasions.
  • Vegan chocolate. You can use vegan chocolate chips if you have dietary restrictions.
  • Extra Chocolate. Fans of chocolate will like this idea. Coat in the chocolate mixture as normal and then drizzle more chocolate on top. It will be a flavor burst of chocolate.
  • Nuts. Toss in chopped nuts in the popcorn before the chocolate dries. We love pecans, walnuts and peanuts.
  • Candy. We think candy makes a great add in to the mixture. Some favorites include mini M&M candy, Reece’s Pieces, crushed heath bar and anything you love.
Chocolate popcorn in a bowl.

Recipe tips

  • Kernels. Pick out any unpopped popcorn kernels out of the popcorn before coating in chocolate. This will prevent anyone from hurting their teeth.
  • Wax paper. Place a layer of wax paper on the baking sheet to make clean up easy. The chocolate can be messy so you will be glad you didn’t skip this step.
  • Party Favors. If you need an inexpensive but amazing party favor, make this popcorn. Place in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon to hand out.

Frequently asked questions

Can you freeze chocolate covered popcorn?

Chocolate coated popcorn can be frozen up to 3 months. Place inside an airtight container or bag.

How do you keep chocolate popcorn from getting soggy?

Cover the popcorn with plastic wrap or place inside an airtight container. This will keep it fresh and prevent it from getting soggy. Keep the popcorn away from heat and humidity.

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Friends and family love when we make this chocolate popcorn recipe. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. We can whip this up in minutes and enjoy for a fabulous snack.

It is so versatile and can be served for casual movie nights or special occasions. Chocolate coated popcorn is a tasty treat that does not disappoint.

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Chocolate Popcorn

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Chocolate Popcorn is a sweet and salty blend of freshly popped popcorn and a rich chocolate coating. It is the perfect movie night snack or party food. Each chocolate covered popcorn handful is so tasty and decadent.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 300

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.  You may need 2 baking sheets based on the size that you are using.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the butter until melted.  Then stir in the sugar, corn syrup, salt and cocoa powder.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Then boil for approximately 5 minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam up when the baking soda is added.
  • Place the popped popcorn on the baking sheets and remove any of the unpopped kernels. Pour this mixture over the popcorn and gently toss the popcorn to coat it with the mixture.
  • Bake the popcorn for 30 minutes, stirring the popcorn every 10 minutes.
  • Remove the popcorn from the oven and let the popcorn cool.
  • Break the popcorn into pieces. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 300kcal, Carbohydrates 44g, Protein 2g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 185mg, Potassium 106mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 33g, Vitamin A 447IU, Calcium 13mg, Iron 1mg

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