Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Lightly salted popcorn, liberally drizzled with both white and dark chocolate. This chocolate covered popcorn is the perfect sweet and salty snack or holiday treat!

Perfect for any occasion, and SO easy to make!  We love easy sweets like my Crockpot Candy and Boozy Baileys Milkshakes.  This is one of my Desserts you’ll definitely want in your recipe box!

Holding a piece of chocolate covered popcorn

CHOCOLATE COVERED POPCORN

Who doesn’t love a quick 5 minute recipe?  This chocolate covered popcorn is drizzled with not one, but TWO types of chocolate.  Sweet white chocolate and dark chocolate for a nice contrast.

Perfect for a snack, quick dessert, something to bring to a party, or even as gift!

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE POPCORN

  1. Spread popped popcorn onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Melt white and dark chocolate in whichever method you prefer, and use a fork to liberally drizzle both chocolates on popcorn.

That’s it!  Such a fabulous quick and easy recipe.

PREPARATION TIPS FOR CHOCOLATE COVERED POPCORN

The hardest thing about making this popcorn, and I hesitate to say hard, is melting the chocolate.  But I have a few helpful tips to make it go smoothly!

  • Don’t cook on full power – if you choose to microwave your chocolate (which is what I normally do), set your microwave to half power (or medium).  This lessens the chance of the chocolate heating too quickly and “seizing”.
  • Heat slowly – melt the chocolate in 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, then in 15 second intervals after that, stirring after each cooking interval.  It takes longer, but trust me, it’s worth it.
  • Add a bit of oil – one of my favorite tricks is to add a little bit (about a tablespoon or so) of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting.  I don’t think I’ve ever had seized or scorched chocolate when following the microwave tips and this one!

Chocolate covered popcorn in baking sheet

WHAT IS SEIZED CHOCOLATE

Have you ever been melting chocolate (especially white chocolate) and had it go from luxuriously smooth and silky, to a thick, grainy paste?  It’s the bane of every baker’s existence!

Chocolate will do that for one of two reasons.  First, a bit of water got into your chocolate.  Water is the enemy of melted chocolate and will turn all it into a gluey paste, very quickly.

Secondly, it can be overheated and scorched.  This often happens when chocolate is cooked at too high of a temperature, and/or for too long.

VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE

  • Extra Chocolate-y – if you reallllly want to bring home that white chocolate flavor, instead of drizzling it on top of the popcorn, pour it on and toss gently to coat.  Then you can drizzle on the dark chocolate.
  • Other Colors – if you’d prefer to make this for a holiday or event where you want a particular color, feel free to swap the white or dark chocolate with some candy melts (Wilton makes a wide variety).
  • Go Nuts – feeling a little nutty?  Feel free to add some roasted peanuts, almonds, or cashews to the mix for a nice crunch!
  • Freshly Popped – if you’d prefer, you can make some fresh popcorn on the stovetop, or alternatively, you could use a bag of pre-popped popcorn.

Chocolate covered popcorn in gift tin

MAKING CHOCOLATE COVERED POPCORN AHEAD OF TIME

There’s really nothing to make ahead of time for this recipe, since it comes together so quickly!

STORAGE

Popcorn can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.  Ours never lasts too long before it’s devoured however 😉

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Chocolate covered popcorn in gift tin

Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Lightly salted popcorn, liberally drizzled with both white and dark chocolate.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 10 - 12 servings
Calories 256

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bags microwave popcorn - popped
  • 8 oz white chocolate wafers or chips
  • 8 oz dark chocolate wafers or chips
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil - (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with wax paper. Spread popped popcorn evenly on both sheets. Set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate wafers half the vegetable oil (if using), and microwave on MED power (50%) for 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, stirring after each cooking interval.
  • If needed, microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each microwave interval, until wafers are JUST melted.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 with dark chocolate wafers.
  • Use a fork to liberally drizzle both chocolates onto popcorn. Let dry and enjoy!

Notes

**  If you'd like an even more intense chocolate flavor, once the chocolates are dried on the popcorn, flip the popcorn over and drizzle the other side.  I place a clean sheet pan over the popcorn, and invert the popcorn onto the clean pan.
CHOCOLATE MELTING TIPS:
  • Don’t cook on full power – if you choose to microwave your chocolate (which is what I normally do), set your microwave to half power (or medium).  This lessens the chance of the chocolate heating too quickly and “seizing”.
  • Heat slowly – melt the chocolate in 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, then in 15 second intervals after that, stirring after each cooking interval.  It takes longer, but trust me, it’s worth it.
  • Add a bit of oil – one of my favorite tricks is to add a little bit (about a teaspoon or so) of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting.  I don’t think I’ve ever had seized or scorched chocolate when following the microwave tips and this one!
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7 comments on “Chocolate Covered Popcorn”

  1. This is really amazing! Such a great treat!

  2. Perfect balance of sweet and salty! Served this as an afternoon snack and my kids were in heaven! Delicious!

  3. Made this on a whim last night and it was perfect! 

  4. The combination of BOTH kinds of chocolate is definitely my favorite! Love all the helpful tips!

  5. Looks like you’ve totally got me covered for our next movie night this weekend. I know this will be a hit!

  6. This popcorn is like kid heaven! My nephews love it. I may also love it. 🙂 Chocolate is my downfall.