Holiday Popcorn with White Chocolate

Holiday Popcorn with white chocolate is a staple in most homes during the festive season, and this recipe won’t disappoint you. Made in just 15 minutes and requiring only a few ingredients it is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with your family, or gift it to friends! I love serving popcorn, puppy chow and fudge to have the perfect mix of sweet and salty!

Holiday popcorn with white chocolate and M&Ms surrounded by Christmas decorations.

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Why you’ll love this festive holiday popcorn

Christmas Confetti Popcorn is already a holiday hit in my house! There are only a few ingredients, that you likely already have on hand if you’ve done any holiday baking, and a few steps until this delicious colorful popcorn is ready to be indulged. I love the mixture of the sweet chocolate candies and sprinkles  and the crunchy popcorn!

Popcorn snacks are a must for any movie night and this has become our go-to for any holiday movie this season. Imagine yourself curled up on the couch next to the Christmas tree watching Frosty the Snowman with a big bowl of Christmas popcorn. That sounds like a perfect winter night to me!

Ingredients for a white chocolate Christmas popcorn snack

Holiday Popcorn Ingredients

I LOVE how easy this recipe is, all it needs is a few Christmas colored ingredients that you probably have in your cupboard already.

  • Popcorn kernels – I love using stovetop popcorn since it’s healthier, in a pinch, you can also use microwave popcorn.
  • Coconut oil – Used to pop the popcorn and adding a touch of coconut oil to the chocolate helps reduce the chance of the chocolate seizing making it impossible to work with. You can also substitute with shortening but coconut oil is the healthiest option.
  • White chocolate chips – You can also use white chocolate baking melts.
  • Holiday M&Ms  – Or dark chocolate baking bits or chips also work. You could also substitute milk chocolate chips.
  • Red and green sprinkles – The sprinkles are why this is sometimes called “confetti popcorn” and gives this popcorn a holiday cheer.

How To Make Christmas Popcorn

  1. Pop your kernels – Place a large pot on the stovetop on high heat and add your popcorn kernels and coconut oil. Remove from the heat as soon as the popping subsides.
  2. Separate out any unpoped kernels – The last thing you want is to crunch down on a hard kernel! Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Prepare the white chocolate – In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate and about a tsp of coconut oil.  Microwave on low or using the melt chocolate feature just until the chocolate chips look softened. Remove from microwave and stir to complete the melting process. White chocolate burns quickly if overheated so take it out early and stir.  It will seem like the chocolate chips will never melt but keep stirring and the little heat that remains along with the warm coconut oil is all you need to melt the white chocolate and achieve the smooth consistency.  If the chocolate really won’t melt after a few stirs, pop it back in but only for a little bit more time to reheat slightly.
Collage of how to make popcorn and chocolate.
  1. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn – Drizzle half of the white chocolate over the popcorn and sprinkle half the salt. Gently mix the mixture together. Drizzle the remaining chocolate and sprinkle with salt and mix again.
  2. Add the sprinkles – Now toss your mixture in the M&Ms and sprinkles! 
Collage of images showing how to make chocolate coated popcorn.

Alisa’s Tips:

While popping your popcorn kernels, leave the lid of the pot just slightly off to stop the kernels from flying.

Make sure you remove all the unpopped kernels!

Christmas Popcorn with White Chocolate and sprinkles in festive packaging.

Christmas popcorn flavor substitutions

Get creative! You can really add anything to this recipe and it will be delicious! 

Chocolate Toppings

You can use any of your favorite chocolate here! M&M’s, Reese Pieces, Smarties, Sixlets or Chocolate chips. 

Salty Toppings

Mini pretzels, roasted & salted nuts, even potato chips if you’re eating it straight away! 

Sweet Toppings

Caramel, Buttercrunch, candy cane, marshmallows, peppermints.

Storing Christmas Popcorn

You can easily store this Christmas popcorn at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy within 3 days for the freshest taste.

Christmas Popcorn with White Chocolate and sprinkles in festive packaging.

Popcorn FAQs

How to Gift Festive Popcorn?

Who doesn’t appreciate a homemade gift?! Pack this homemade Christmas popcorn in cute little tins with ribbons to make it extra festive!

Why do people give popcorn for Christmas?

Popcorn is a great gift because it’s cheap, easy to make and so versatile! You can follow this recipe below, or add any variations you have on hand!

Other Edible Gift Ideas

Christmas Popcorn with White Chocolate and sprinkles in festive packaging.

Holiday Popcorn with White Chocolate

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
Holiday Popcorn with white chocolate is a staple in most homes during the festive season, and this recipe won’t disappoint you. Made in just 15 minutes and requiring only a few ingredients it is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with your family, or gift it to friends!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Holiday, North American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 247 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot with lid or popcorn maker
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Large Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • ¾ cup M&Ms or dark chocolate chunks
  • 3 tbsp red and green sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Pop your kernels – Place a large pot on the stovetop on high heat and add your popcorn kernels and coconut oil. Remove from the heat as soon as popping subsides.
  • Separate out any unpoped kernels – The last thing you want is to crunch down on a hard kernel! Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Prepare the white chocolate – In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate and about a tsp of coconut oil. Microwave on low or using the melt chocolate feature just until the chocolate chips look softened. Remove from microwave and stir to complete the melting process. White chocolate burns quickly if overheated so take it out early and stir.
    It will seem like the chocolate chips will never melt but keep stirring and the little heat that remains along with the warm coconut oil is all you need to melt the white chocolate and achieve the smooth consistency. If the chocolate really won’t melt after a few stirs, pop it back in but only for little bit more time to reheat slightly.
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn – Drizzle half of the white chocolate over the popcorn and sprinkle half the salt. Gently mix the mixture together. Drizzle the remaining chocolate and sprinkle with salt and mix again.
  • Add the sprinkles – Now toss your mixture in the M&Ms s and sprinkles!

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cupsCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 253mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 5gSugar: 17g

Notes

Stores for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
While popping your popcorn kernels, leave the lid of the pot just slightly off to stop the kernels from flying. 
Make sure you remove all the unpopped kernels!
 
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh heavens, we are big snackers, and a big batch of this white chocolate popcorn is going to disappear in a nanosecond at our next family movie night. A double batch will probably cover a two-hour movie. This mix will also make amazing holiday gift baskets! I know I’d love to get some.

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