Dark Chocolate Popcorn with Super Easy Shake & Coat Recipe

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Melting chocolate over popcorn is so much work. This recipe coats every kernel in delicious cocoa powder, with two ingredients and almost no effort.

The result is a delicious sweet and salty treat that’s so fun and easy to make, you won’t believe it! You just shake it up, and it’s ready to go.

Overhead view of dark chocolate popcorn in bowl

People have been pairing liquidy forms of chocolate with pretzels, potato chips and popcorn for a long time. This takes time and preparation, and it can be goopy and overwhelming.

Coating popcorn with cocoa powder, on the other hand, is quick and fun to make. It only requires two pantry staples plus microwave popcorn, and you get that wonderful delicious chocolate flavor in every bite without the candy coating.

You do ideally need a brown paper lunch bag for this, but in a pinch, you can use the microwave popcorn bag.

How to Make Dark Chocolate Popcorn

Here’s what you do:

1. Pop a bag of microwave popcorn.
2. Put the cocoa powder and sweetener into a bowl and stir them together.

Cocoa and sugar powder mixture in white bowl

3. Pour the blended powders into your bag.

Spoonful of cocoa powder sugar mixture over brown bag

4. Once the popcorn is popped, you want to transfer it as quickly as you can into the bag of powder, so you don’t lose much heat or steam. That’s what causes the cocoa powder and sugar to stick to the kernels.

But you also need to pour the popcorn in stages, shaking the bag a little with each stage, so you’re covering the popcorn in powder as you go.

This is why it’s best to have a separate bag for shaking. Without it, you have to remove some of the popcorn from the microwave bag, sprinkle in some cocoa, shake it up, and then add more popcorn, hoping it hasn’t cooled off too much.

Once all the popcorn is in, you close the bag and shake, baby, shake!

Chocolate coated popcorn in brown lunch bag

6. Eat it!

The taste is very dark chocolate, sweet, and salty. The texture is not powdery, or at least not in a way that tickles your throat. It may take a little bit of getting used to, but it gets addictive after a few bites.

Choosing Ingredients for Chocolate Popcorn

You can use any popcorn, cocoa powder and sweetener you like. Hershey’s is fine for the cocoa, but you might like something darker. Anything that’s good in cocoa.

As for popcorn, I suggest a plain bag rather than butter flavored. Kettle corn can work too. Sometimes the butter flavoring clashes with the chocolate, which is why I wouldn’t use it for this.

Plain old white sugar works well in this recipe, but you can use a different natural or artificial sweetener. As long as it’s powdered, it will stick and taste great.

Overhead view of dark chocolate popcorn in bowl
Yield: 1 bag

Quick, easy dark chocolate popcorn

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Melting milk chocolate over popcorn is so much work. This recipe coats every kernel in delicious cocoa powder, with two ingredients and almost no effort.

Ingredients

  • Plain Microwaveable Popcorn
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar, xylitol, or the powdered sweetener of your choice

Instructions

  1. Pop the plain microwaveable popcorn.
  2. Put the cocoa powder and sweetener into a bowl and stir them together.
  3. Pour the blended powders into a paper bag.
  4. Transfer the popcorn into the paper bag, bit by bit, shaking it slightly with the powder as you go.
  5. Once it's all in there, close the bag and shake well.

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Last Updated:

June 19, 2024