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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.
My kids would love this. who we kidding I would love this. thanks for sharing.
So adorable!! I’m going to make this for my daughter’s birthday next week!!
Um, this is adorable. Who knew popcorn could be adorable?!?
yeaaaahhhh, I’m loving this easy and super CUTE popcorn idea 🙂
Amy, THIS is genius! So fun and colorful!
Whoa!!! That is such a great idea! I know a certain little boy that lives in this same house with me and calls me Mama that would gobble this up!!!
I have made this and tinted the chocolate whatever color your occasion calls for. I have done pink for girlie parties, and green for a St. Patty’s party. I have also drizzled milk chocolate over it too, which gives it a beautiful gourmet look.
What a fun, simple, great recipe! My kids will LOVE making this with me. It would be great for Valentine’s Day parties, or just to have at home. LOVE this! Thanks. Have a great weekend….
Mmm these make me happy! Love this idea!
i’ve got to admit: i don’t love popcorn, but i kind of want to jump face-first into a big bowl of this stuff!
Okay, I’m with you where was this when the boys were itty bitty? That’s okay we still eat loads of popcorn. Can’t wait to make this with Gabe this weekend. His my popcorn lover 😀
Sprinkles make everything fun! Love that salty sweet taste of white chocolate and popcorn.
Such a great idea! Will be trying this at my next party 🙂
You can make your own microwave popcorn by putting a 1/2 cup in a plain brown paper lunch bag and microwaving for about 3 minutes (listen to hear it stop popping).
So cute! Thanks for the idea 🙂
I have been making popcorn like that for the past 11 yrs. I’m glad you told a paper bag and I use 1/3 cup popcorn.
So simple. So delicious. So happening right this minute.
This is absolutely adorable and so creative, Amy! I love it!
This is awesome Amy! Looooove it!
Absolute cutest idea I’ve seen in a long time. I cannot wait to make this for the grands!
The recipe sounds so easy and the photos look absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the great recipe with photos 🙂
Can this be made a day in advance and not be stale? Thanks for any input!😊
You’ve just prompted me to go pop some corn ASAP! Loving this fun, simple snacking idea.