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Okay, I’m going to cut right to the chase, this candy popcorn, what I’m calling Party Popcorn for a lack of a better term, is the quickest tastiest thing I’ve made in a while. And there are reasons for that. With just a few ingredients (as few as three, depending on what route you take), and not really any cooking, just some melting, this is a fast favorite for me now. Perfect for a party of any kind. And to think of all of my children’s birthday parties in years gone by that I could’ve used this one for.
Like I said, it’s simple. You only need 3 things: popcorn + melted white candy melts + sprinkles.
For the popcorn, you can pop your own (this is a good method from Simply Recipes), or take a short cut like I did, and use microwave popcorn. I like Orville Redenbacher’s Natural, Simply Salted. It had the least amount of crud I could find in the way of microwave popcorn, and just the right amount of salt to balance the sweetness.
The Vanilla CandiQuik or wafer style candy melts worked great for me. I tend to like using them better than the white chocolate chips. Sometimes white chocolate chips act wonky when melting.
Basically pop the popcorn, melt the white candy/chocolate, gently mix them together. I used my hands, clean hands, of course. If you’re using your hands to mix, be aware that melted candy coating is hot-ish. Not scalding mind you, but you’ll want to work swiftly. A large baking sheet worked great for a surface to combine the popcorn and melted candy. Once mixed, sprinkle with your favorite sprinkle colors before candy hardens. I had multi-color nonpareils on hand, but wouldn’t your favorite team’s colors be perfect for a Super Bowl party, or tailgating? Or customize to match the birthday girl or boy’s cake. The fun never ends when sprinkles are involved.
I hope you enjoy this easy one. And party on with your popcorn!
Party Popcorn Recipe
This super simple treat is perfect for any party or special occasion.
- 6-7 ounces (weight) white candy melts, melted (substitute your favorite color, or chocolate)
- 8-9 cups popped popcorn, lightly salted (I used Orville Redenbacher's Natural, Simply Salted, 1 pack makes 9 cups popped)
- On a large baking sheet or bowl, gently mix in the melted white candy/chocolate into the popped popcorn.
- Now for the sprinkles! Sprinkle the sprinkles before melted candy/chocolate hardens.
- Gently mix together before candy/chocolate hardens.
Makes about 8-9 cups.
Made this for a breast cancer fundraiser. It’s quick & delicious.
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I really love this idea…I’m going to try it >>> NOW 😉
Thanks for sharing!
ummmm., really yummy! I have an idea to change the candy melts into white or milk chocolate. It will taste fantastic!!! 😀
So cute! I’m going to make this for Easter. How far in advance can I make it? Meaning, how long does it stay fresh? Thanks in advance for any tips!
Hey Mrs. Smith!
I’m sorry, I am just now seeing this message! Perhaps a late answer may help someone else … I wouldn’t make it any sooner than 2 days out. The fresher the better I think!
Please let me know how far in advance you ended up trying it.
I am going to make this for a party this weekend. How long does it take to harden? Want it to be fresh but don’t want to be rushed!
This is such a nice and easy idea. Thank you I am going to make this for my sisters bridal shower gifts.
So creative! I can’t wait to make this.
I use holiday sprinkles & holiday m&m’s !
I’ve made this for Christmas , Valentines & Halloween!! It’s always a hit & super easy. I love it with pb m&m’s
I make popcorn in a popcorn machine for residents. The popcorn comes in premixed packages with butter and salt. Should I just make a plain popcorn or is the buttery salty flavor good with the melts?
The buttery salty flavor would be perfect with the sweet melts. Enjoy!
Love this. Am making it for my son’s bday party this weekend. Question: do I have to serve the popcorn right away into individual servings in small bowls, or could i put in one big bowl and have people serve themselves at the party? Not sure how quickly the popcorn hardens into one big block when mixed with the white chocolate… Let me know. Thanks!
I hope I’m not to late with a response. I’d let it harden on the baking sheet, then gently break it up and serve from one large bowl. Enjoy! And I hope your son’s birthday was wonderful!
That looks addictingly delicious. I think I may try this at Easter.
Wondering if I could form them into balls for “snowballs” for my daughter’s Frozen bday party coming up this weekend?
If I do it while still warm, will they hold their shape?
Thanks for any insight.
I made this for my sons Valentines party and it was a hit! Thank you so much! Love all the cute recipes you have!
I love these and I’m planning to make these as my wedding favours. How did you get the candy melts to be a in such a “pourable” consistency? Please let me know. Love your site by the way!
I just kept heating a little at a time until it was melted. You can also add a bit of coconut oil or vegetable shortening, a tablespoon at a time, to help thin it out if needed.
Can this be mad the day ahead? Thank you !
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So yummy and fun. A sure-fire crowd pleaser! And so so easy to make.