Hot Chocolate Popcorn is a decadent blend of marshmallows and chocolate. This sweet and salty treat is coated in white chocolate candy melts and drizzled with milk chocolate.

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What is hot chocolate popcorn?

Hot Chocolate Popcorn is a delicious blend of popcorn tossed in hot chocolate powder. Everything is coated in melted white chocolate candy melts and drizzled in milk chocolate.

It is delicious during the holidays but so tasty that we make it year round. This hot cocoa popcorn is so decadent and the best combination of flavors.

We love hot chocolate desserts and also make Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups, Easy Hot Chocolate Dip and Hot Cocoa Cookies. Hot Chocolate Fudge is another favorite.

Ingredients for Hot chocolate popcorn

Ingredients: 

  • Popped Popcorn 
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts 
  • Hot Chocolate Mix (powder) 
  • Mini Marshmallows 
  • Chocolate Chips  
Hot chocolate popcorn in a bowl.

How to make hot chocolate popcorn:

  • Step 1. Pop the popcorn. Pop approximately 10 cups of popcorn and place it on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  You will likely need 2 baking sheets. 
  • Step 2. Melt the white chocolate. Place the white chocolate candy melts in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 20 second intervals in the microwave, stirring after heat interval until melted and combined. 
  • Step 3. Top the popcorn with the white chocolate. Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the popcorn. Gently toss the popcorn to coat it with the melted white chocolate. 
Process photos of popcorn being coated in chocolate.
  • Step 4. Add the hot cocoa powder mix. Sprinkle the hot chocolate mix on top of the popcorn while the candy melts are still wet. 
  • Step 5. Pour the marshmallows over the popcorn. Sprinkle the miniature marshmallows on top of the popcorn.  
  • Step 6. Melt the chocolate chips in intervals. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl by heating it in 20 second intervals until fully melted.  Drizzle this chocolate on top of the popcorn.  
Process photos of popcorn coated in chocolate and topped with marshmallows.
  • Step 7. Allow to set and break into pieces. Let the popcorn sit at room temperature until the chocolate hardens on top.  Then break the popcorn into pieces and enjoy! For more chocolate flavor, serve with a Chocolate Milkshake.

How to store hot cocoa popcorn:

You can store the leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 1 week.  

Hot chocolate popcorn in a bowl.

Recipe Tips:

  • Allow to set. The popcorn needs to completely set before breaking into pieces and storing. Otherwise, it will be sticky.
  • Melt the chocolate in intervals. Make sure that you gradually melt the chocolate and stir after each interval. This will help to make sure it does not burn.
  • Make in advance. This popcorn can easily be made in advance for parties or events.
  • Hot Chocolate Popcorn is great for gifts. Place this popcorn in cellophane bags or mason jars for a great gift.
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Variations:

  • Dark Chocolate. Instead of milk chocolate chips, try dark chocolate chips.
  • Popcorn. I used microwave popcorn for this recipe, but you can definitely use whichever is your favorite.
  • Sprinkles. It is so fun to add sprinkles to this recipe. If you are making it for Christmas, top with red and green sprinkles.

    Rainbow sprinkles would be fun for a birthday party. The ideas are endless.
  • Candy. Crush candy and sprinkle on top. Some ideas include peppermint, heath bars, butterfinger, snickers and more.
  • More add ins. Some of our favorites include: M&M’s. Reese’s Pieces and Caramel bits.
Hot chocolate popcorn on a sheet pan.

With only 5 ingredients, this recipe is so easy and very frugal to make. If you need a snack or dessert to feed a crowd, this is a great one to try. Everyone will enjoy this tasty popcorn and it won’t be expensive to make.

Hot chocolate popcorn in a sheet pan.

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Hot Chocolate Popcorn

5 from 2 votes
Hot Chocolate Popcorn is a decadent blend of marshmallows and chocolate. This sweet and salty treat is coated in white chocolate candy melts and drizzled with milk chocolate.
Prep Time 13 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 7
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 423

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Popped Popcorn
  • 10 oz White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup Hot Chocolate Mix powder
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
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Instructions

  • Pop approximately 10 cups of popcorn and place it on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  You will likely need 2 baking sheets.
  • Place the white chocolate candy melts in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 20 second intervals in the microwave, stirring after heat interval until melted and combined.
  • Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the popcorn. Gently toss the popcorn to coat it with the melted white chocolate.  Sprinkle the hot chocolate mix on top of the popcorn while the candy melts are still wet.
  • Sprinkle the miniature marshmallows on top of the popcorn.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl by heating it in 20 second intervals until fully melted.  Drizzle this chocolate on top of the popcorn.
  • Let the popcorn sit at room temperature until the chocolate hardens on top.  Then break the popcorn into pieces and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I used microwave popcorn for this recipe, but you can definitely use whichever is your favorite! 
You can store the leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 423kcal, Carbohydrates 63g, Protein 6g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.05g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 131mg, Potassium 168mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 45g, Vitamin A 73IU, Vitamin C 0.3mg, Calcium 106mg, Iron 1mg

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