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Chocolate Popcorn Recipe is loaded with chocolate flavor. Simple ingredients makes this sweet and salty treat easy to make.

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Homemade Chocolate Covered Popcorn is a delicious sweet and salty snack that you will be making year round. It is addicting and a chocolate lovers dream. Melted chocolate is mixed with simple ingredients and then poured over popcorn for a simple snack idea.

You will love the crispy texture and the chocolate coating. This chocolate covered popcorn is perfect for any occasion. Check out these other popcorn recipes – Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn, White Cheddar Popcorn or Cinnamon Toast Crunch Popcorn Recipe.

Why We Love this Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients – If you bake a lot, then you probably already have all the ingredients.
  • Easy to Make – This simple and tasty popcorn treat take very little time to prepare. It is ready in less than 30 minutes and you have the perfect snack for movie night. This sweet and salty combination is a family favorite.
  • Holiday Gift – Perfect for gift giving or just to have around. During the holiday we like to have these snacks available. It really puts us in that holiday spirit.

Ingredients 

Ingredients needed - popcorn, sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda

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Variations Ideas

  • Melted Chocolate – Instead of using cocoa powder, you can melt chocolate chips in the microwave. Feel free to use white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips. If melting chocolate, make sure to add coconut oil to the bowl.
  • Rest Popcorn – Popcorn needs to completely set before being stored. It will be sticky and hard to manage if you try to do this too soon.
  • Candy Melts – Candy melts is also a great option as it comes in a variety of colors. You can drizzle a variety of colors over the top of the chocolate popcorn before serving.
  • Sea Salt – Before serving, top the gluten free popcorn with sea salt for added flavor. Sea salt and chocolate is a great combination.
  • Sprinkles – Add fun colors to your popcorn and mix in fun sprinkles. This is great after drizzling chocolate over the top of the popcorn.
  • Nuts – You can even add nuts to the mixture for an extra layer of crunch. Our favorite has been peanuts but almonds would be great as well. For that extra sweet and salty combination use salted nuts.
  • Other Add-ins – There are many options to add-in to your popcorn. Pretzels are a great option as well as shredded coconut. It adds flavor and a delicious variation to this recipe.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Popcorn 

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven and Prepare baking sheet – 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.
Melting butter, sugar, corn syrup, salt and cocoa powder in a large pan

Step 2 – Combine Ingredients – In a large saucepan, heat the butter until melted.  Then stir in the sugar, corn syrup, salt and cocoa powder.

Boiling chocolate mixture in a large saucepan

Step 3 – Boil Mixture – 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.

Chocolate popcorn on a baking sheet

Step 4 – Pour Mixture over popcorn – 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.

Chocolate popcorn in a bowl

Step 5 – Bake Popcorn – 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 Tips

  • Combine Ingredients – Melt the ingredients together in a sauce pan until boiling. Then mix in baking soda to allow the ingredients to foam.
  • Pouring Over Popcorn – Gently toss the mixture with the chocolate mixture. Make sure it is completely covered and remove any of the popcorn kernels.
  • Line Baking Sheet – Line the baking sheet with baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Baking Popcorn – While baking the popcorn, make sure to stir every 10 minutes. This allows for the popcorn to have the perfect texture.
  • Rest Popcorn – Popcorn needs to completely set before being stored. It will be sticky and hard to manage if you try to do this too soon.
  • Serving Popcorn – Once the popcorn has cooled, break into pieces and then serve.
  • Cook on Saucepan – We recommend melting the ingredients on the stove top instead of a microwave safe bowl.
  • Popcorn – You can pop popcorn in advance, we like using microwave popcorn. You can also use store bought popcorn or air popped popcorn. We like to use plain popcorn instead of butter popcorn.
Bowl of Chocolate Popcorn

How Long will it Last

Stored properly, this popcorn can last up to a week. Ours never lasts that long though. We eat it pretty fast because it is amazing.

How to Store

Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  The perfect snack to make a big batch for the week. You can also place in zip lock bags once the popcorn has cooled.

Bowl of Chocolate Popcorn

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Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate Popcorn is loaded with chocolate flavor. Simple ingredients makes this sweet and salty treat easy to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 316

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Popped Popcorn
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
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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!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 316kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 2g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 268mg, Potassium 117mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 33g, Vitamin A 445IU, Calcium 15mg, Iron 1mg

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