This White Chocolate Popcorn is the perfect sweet and salty combination. It's easy to make and you won't be able to stop munching on it!
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When we had a baby shower for my sister, I made this popcorn (of course with blue colors for her baby boy). She loved it so much, I made a huge bag of it to take with her when she moved. My daughter and I also made the same popcorn, but with red, yellow, and blue for a Jackson Pollock project she was doing for school years ago.
White chocolate popcorn can be made so many different ways for so many different occasions: Christmas with red and green, Easter with pastel colors, Valentine's Day with pink and red, you name it! When I peruse the holiday baking aisles at the grocery store and find cute little sprinkles, I always think about this popcorn.
My kids are no longer little (they're adults now) and I often find myself missing those times when I would make special little treats for holidays, Halloween being one of 'em. I'm a kid at heart and I love making cute edible things, just like the gluten free witch's hat cupcakes. You're never too old to enjoy holiday treats🎃
The Ingredients You'll Need
There's only 2 ingredients that you'll need to make this popcorn, and then you can add as many goodies to it to make it your own:
- Popcorn--I use a couple bags of microwave popcorn, but you can also make it with freshly popped popcorn.
- White chocolate--those candy melting wafers are the best thing to use here because you don't need to worry about tempering white chocolate. I wouldn't suggest using Wilton Candy Melts as they are manufactured with wheat, but there are several others that aren't. Chocomaker (found at Walmart), Make 'n Mold (AC Moore), or Merckens (affiliate link)
It's So Easy to Make White Chocolate Popcorn
It's so simple and easy to make this white chocolate popcorn, even kids can do it! These are the simple steps:
- Pop the popcorn any way you want to, on the stove, in an air popper, or use a microwavable bag. If I use microwave popcorn, I always get salted because I feel it works well for a salty/sweet combo.
- Remove any unpopped kernels. You don't want to break a tooth!
- Put the popcorn in a very large bowl followed by any add-ins you're using.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave as per package instructions.
- Drizzle the chocolate all over the popcorn and stir.
- Spread on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Once set, break up the larger pieces of popcorn and serve in a bowl.
There are SO many options for add-ins, but I'll give you just a few ideas to get you started:
- Nuts--almonds are my favorite, but pecans, walnuts, cashews, you name it!
- M&M's--these are the standard for white chocolate popcorn. Sometimes I'll use regular and other times peanut. Be careful of the other flavors as many of them aren't gluten free.
- Dried fruit--cranberries, cherries, chopped apricots, and/or raisins.
- Sprinkles--if you add sprinkles, I suggest doing so right after you dump the popcorn out onto the baking sheet. There are so many types of sprinkles and colors for all the holidays, so this popcorn can be made custom to any holiday, birthday, etc.
White Chocolate Popcorn FAQs
Well, it wouldn't be called white chocolate popcorn if that were the case, but yes, any chocolate can be substituted for the white chocolate.
I personally like to use a lightly salted popcorn. I wouldn't use a popcorn that is extra buttery because the white chocolate will add plenty of that buttery taste you'll be looking for.
It will keep in an airtight container for about a week, but it's so yummy I doubt it'll last that long.
This sweet and salty white chocolate popcorn is so addictive, you'll be wanting to make it for every occasion.
Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn
- 2 bags microwave popcorn (or popped corn totalling about 12 cups)
- 2 12 oz bags candy coating (I use Merckens or Chocomaker--see post for more info)
- add-ins of choice (M&M's or other candies, nuts, dried fruit, etc)
- sprinkles, if desired
- fine salt, if desired
- Pop popcorn as desired or instructed on package. Remove any unpopped kernels. Pour into a large bowl and scatter your add-ins (except for sprinkles) over popcorn.
- Melt chocolate coating as per package directions. Pour over popcorn and add-ins in bowl and quickly stir to coat throughout.
- Spread popcorn onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Quickly add sprinkles and fine salt (if using) before chocolate sets.
- Allow to set and break up any large pieces before storing in large ziptop baggies or individual little baggies tied with a festive ribbon. Store in airtight container at room temperature for one week.