Home > Holidays > Easter > Easter Popcorn Easter Popcorn March 25, 2023 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Easter is just around the corner, and this Easter Popcorn is the perfect way to get in the spirit! It’s loaded with delicious white-chocolate-coated popcorn, crunchy pretzels, and spring-colored M&M’s, making it an irresistible treat for kids and adults alike. This snack mix is quick to make and can be customized to your liking with different types of sprinkles or candy. Easter Popcorn Easter is quickly approaching, and I’m already planning some special surprises for my little ones. From egg hunts to baskets filled with treats, I always strive to make the holidays memorable. And speaking of treats, this recipe for Easter Popcorn is always a highlight of our celebrations! My kids absolutely love popcorn, and when you add in the creamy white chocolate, spring-colored M&M’s, and crunchy pretzels, they can’t resist. It’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet! And the best part? This recipe is incredibly easy to make! Even better, it’s a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. My crew loves helping me mix everything together and add the festive sprinkles. PS: Don’t restrict this snack mix to Easter only; it’s great all year round, without changes or with changes to go with the seasons. Easter Popcorn Ingredients Needed Popcorn. Purchasing already-popped popcorn makes this recipe come together a little bit quicker, but it’s a bit more spendy. If you’d rather pop your own, these are the packets we use (lightly salted plain popcorn). Of course, you can also use kernels in a popcorn machine or on the stovetop. Whatever type you choose to use, measure out 8 cups of cooked popcorn for this recipe. If you make plain popcorn, don’t forget to add a touch of salt. Pretzels. To add some contrasting salty to the sweet, we love pretzels here. Any work — if they’re large, quickly break ’em down with your hands! M&M’s. We’re using the Pastel Easter mix M&M’s here. As mentioned earlier, you can change up the colors for other occasions. White chocolate melts or chips. Choose chocolate made for melting like these melting wafers or you can use white chocolate chips. You’ll get both a better melt and a better flavor with high-quality brands like Ghirardelli or Guittard. Oil. We recommend adding a touch of oil or shortening to the chocolate before melting. This helps to smooth out the chocolate and makes coating easier. Sprinkles. To add a final touch of color and crunch to this Easter Popcorn, you can add some spring-colored sprinkles. This ingredient is completely optional. QUICK TIP We mention several brand names in this post: M&M’s, Ghirardelli, and Guittard. We respect trademarks and mention these products by name because we truly believe they are of higher quality than others–plus, they are easily recognizable. We use these brands in our test kitchen, but of course, you’re welcome to use similar products under different labels. – Tips For Melting Chocolate In The Microwave Use a microwave-safe bowl: Use a bowl that is microwave safe and won’t get too hot to handle. Glass and ceramic bowls are good options. Microwave in short bursts: Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each burst. This will help prevent overheating and ensure that the chocolate melts evenly. Don’t overheat the chocolate: Monitor the chocolate as it melts, as overheating can cause it to seize and become lumpy or grainy. Stop microwaving when most of the chocolate is melted and stir until the remaining pieces melt. Stir frequently: Stirring helps the chocolate melt and helps protect it from burning. Avoid getting any water in the chocolate: Water can cause chocolate to seize and become lumpy or grainy. Be sure that all utensils and bowls used to melt the chocolate are completely dry. How to make Easter Popcorn (Tips) Use freshly popped popcorn: For the best taste and texture, pop it right before use. Make sure to remove any un-popped kernels before adding the popcorn to the bowl–see the “quick tip” box below! Use a really large bowl to toss all the ingredients with the white chocolate. It will be much easier to mix and coat the ingredients in chocolate without spilling. Line the pan: To make cleanup easier, consider using a non-stick baking mat, foil, or parchment paper on your sheet pan. This will prevent the popcorn from sticking to the pan and make it easier to remove once it’s hardened. Get creative with the sprinkles: Get creative with the sprinkles! You can use Easter-themed sprinkles, or mix and match different colors and shapes to create a fun and festive look. QUICK TIP There’s nothing worse than munching on popcorn and running into an unpopped kernel. How do you make sure you don’t miss any? Put the popcorn in a large bowl and place a cooling rack over the top, invert, and shake over a plate. All of the unpopped kernels will come out! Scoop the rest of the popcorn out of the bowl and proceed with the recipe. STORAGE Storing Easter Popcorn The best way to enjoy this popcorn is to make it fresh and eat it within a day or two. To keep the popcorn fresh for as long as possible, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Note that the white chocolate will soften the popcorn the longer it sits, so it’s best to eat the popcorn within 1-2 days of making it. If you need to store it longer, you can try putting the popcorn in the freezer, which can help to slow down the softening process. More Delicious Easter Treats Easter Cookies with Cadbury eggs Hoppy Cottontails with a free Easter printable bag topper! Easter Cupcakes with toasted coconut Confetti Bars with spring-colored M&M’s Easter Pretzels only three ingredients! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Easter Popcorn 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Easter is just around the corner, and this Easter Popcorn is the perfect way to get in the spirit! This snack mix is loaded with delicious white chocolate-coated popcorn, crunchy pretzels, and spring-colored M&M's, making it an irresistible treat for kids and adults alike. This snack mix is quick to make and can be customized to your liking with different types of sprinkles or candy. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Easter Popcorn 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Easter is just around the corner, and this Easter Popcorn is the perfect way to get in the spirit! This snack mix is loaded with delicious white chocolate-coated popcorn, crunchy pretzels, and spring-colored M&M's, making it an irresistible treat for kids and adults alike. This snack mix is quick to make and can be customized to your liking with different types of sprinkles or candy. Course Dessert, treat Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword easter popcorn, spring popcorn Prep Time 20 minutes minutes Setting Time 30 minutes minutes Total Time 50 minutes minutes Servings 8 -10 servings Chelsea Lords Calories 507kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $6.12 Ingredients▢ 8 cups plain popped popcorn (Note 1)▢ 2 cups mini pretzel twists, broken in half▢ 1⅓ cups Spring M&M's (10 oz. bag)▢ 2 cups good-quality white chocolate chips (11-12 oz. bag will work)▢ 1½ teaspoons vegetable or canola oil▢ 2 tablespoons Spring sprinkles optional InstructionsPREP: Line an extra-large sheet pan with foil, parchment paper, or a silicone liner. Set aside. MIX: In a very large bowl, measure and add the popped popcorn, making sure no kernels make it in! (See Note 2.) Break the pretzels (roughly in half), measure, and add those in. Add in the M&Ms. WHITE CHOCOLATE: Place the white chocolate chips and oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in bursts of 30 seconds stirring in between each burst until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Be patient to avoid burning the chocolate. Once the white chocolate is smooth and fully melted, use a spatula to scrape it out and over the popcorn mix. Working quickly, toss everything to get evenly coated in the white chocolate. FINISH MIX: Spread mixture onto prepared pan, space in one layer, and immediately sprinkle with sprinkles (if using). HARDEN: Let the popcorn harden at room temperature or in the fridge until it becomes solid. Once solid, break it into pieces and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. For the best flavor, eat within 1-2 days. Recipe NotesNote 1: Popcorn: Purchasing already popped popcorn makes this recipe come together a little bit quicker, but it’s a bit more spendy. If you’d rather pop your own, these are the packets we use (lightly salted plain popcorn). Of course, you can also use kernels in a popcorn machine or on the stovetop. Whatever you choose to use, measure out 8 cups of cooked popcorn for this recipe. If you use kernels, don't forget to add a touch of salt. Note 2: Remove the kernels: Put the popcorn in a large bowl and place a cooling rack over the top. Invert and shake over a plate....and all of the unpopped kernels will come out! Scoop the rest of the popcorn out of the bowl and proceed with the recipe. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.