Halloween Popcorn

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Halloween Popcorn is the go-to treat for Halloween, packed with fun and flavor! Imagine freshly popped popcorn coated in creamy white chocolate, dotted with crunchy M&M’s, and decked out with festive Oreos. Beyond being insanely delicious, it also stands out as a great party centerpiece!

Overhead view of a bowl of Halloween Popcorn

Halloween Popcorn

When October’s in full swing, I love sharing treats that are not just tasty, but also capture the spirit of Halloween. And, this Halloween Popcorn totally fits the bill!

This isn’t just some popcorn with a sprinkle of candy. We’re talking about a mix of freshly popped popcorn, coated in creamy, rich white chocolate, and combined with the crunchy pops of Halloween-themed Oreos® and M&M’s®.

And here’s a bonus: if you’re hosting any sort of get-together, this Halloween Popcorn doesn’t just taste great, it also looks the part. It’s vibrant, festive, and easily takes center stage on any snack table.

Ingredient shot: All the items needed for Halloween Popcorn

Halloween Popcorn Ingredients

  • Popcorn: Want a shortcut? Grab some already-popped popcorn. It’s a tad pricier, but super convenient. If you’re on the DIY route, I personally love these packets (lightly salted plain popcorn). Or, pop kernels using a popcorn machine or stovetop. For this recipe, you’ll need 8 cups total. And if you’re using unsalted popcorn, sprinkle in a pinch of salt for that perfect flavor balance.
  • Halloween Oreos: Can’t find the Halloween edition? No worries. Classic Oreos are just as delicious. And here’s a pro tip: don’t toss those crumbs! They add an extra layer of flavor and enhance the spooky aura of our treat.
  • Halloween M&M’s: No themed M&M’s on the shelf? Go for the regular ones and pick out the colors you want. Mix and match colors like orange and green or maybe orange and yellow to keep the Halloween spirit alive. And for those craving a little extra crunch in their Halloween Popcorn, the peanut or pretzel versions are *chef’s kiss*.
  • White chocolate chips: Quality matters! Higher-quality chocolate will melt smoother and taste better. To prevent seizing, ensure your bowl and utensils are completely dry before melting the chocolate. Even a small amount of water can cause the chocolate to seize.
  • Vegetable or canola oil: This is our secret ingredient. A tiny splash helps the chocolate achieve a smoother consistency for coating.

VARIATIONS

Go ahead and add themed sprinkles to this Halloween Popcorn snack mix. If you do, add them immediately after spreading the mix on the baking sheet. The sprinkles need to stick to the chocolate before it hardens. Remember white chocolate hardens quickly!

Process shots: combine chocolate and oil; melt until smooth

Tips For Melting White Chocolate

  • Quality matters: Invest in good-quality white chocolate. The premium brands contain more cocoa butter, which helps it melt more smoothly.
  • Keep away from other ingredients: Wait until your white chocolate is fully melted before adding it to the other ingredients in this Halloween Popcorn.
  • Microwave in intervals: If using a microwave, melt the white chocolate in 20 to 30-second intervals, stirring in between each session. This prevents overheating and maintains the chocolate’s smooth texture. Stirring ensures even melting and helps prevent the chocolate from scorching.
  • Avoid water: Keep your utensils completely dry. Even a tiny drop of water can cause the white chocolate to seize and become grainy.
  • Add oil, if needed: If you notice the white chocolate is too thick or isn’t melting evenly, you can add a touch more oil to achieve a smoother consistency.
  • Low and slow: White chocolate burns easily. Always melt it in short bursts and take your time melting it.

Process shots: Pop popcorn and remove unpopped kernels; add chopped cookies and candies; pour melted white chocolate over top.

How To Make Halloween Popcorn (Tips)

  • Freshness first: Use freshly popped popcorn for the best flavor and optimum crunch. Pop right before starting the mix to ensure the freshest base.
  • Room to mix: Opt for a larger-than-you-think-you-need mixing bowl. This will give you ample space to combine all your ingredients with the white chocolate without any overflows or spills.
  • Quick moves with melted chocolate: Once your white chocolate reaches its melted, velvety consistency, act fast. Mix it with your popcorn and candies before it begins to solidify again.
  • Stick-proof your pan: A little prep goes a long way. Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, foil, or parchment paper. This foresight will make the mix non-stick and simplify the removal process later.

QUICK TIP

Serve this Halloween Popcorn in Halloween-themed bowls or spread out on a platter for a centerpiece that doubles as a snack!

Process shots: Mix all ingredients together well; spread on prepared sheet pan.

STORAGE

Storing Halloween Popcorn:

This Halloween Popcorn snack mix is best enjoyed fresh. We suggest enjoying this treat within the first day or two for peak deliciousness. To preserve its freshness and texture, store it in an airtight container at room temperature.

A quick heads-up: As days go by, the white chocolate tends to make the popcorn get softer. If you’ve got leftovers pop the mix into an airtight bag in the freezer! You don’t even need to thaw the mix — it’s quite tasty straight from the freezer!

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Halloween Popcorn

5 from 1 vote
Halloween Popcorn is the go-to treat for Halloween, packed with fun and flavor! Imagine freshly popped popcorn coated in creamy white chocolate, dotted with crunchy M&M's, and decked out with festive Oreos. Beyond being insanely delicious, it also stands out as a great party centerpiece!
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Halloween Popcorn

5 from 1 vote
Halloween Popcorn is the go-to treat for Halloween, packed with fun and flavor! Imagine freshly popped popcorn coated in creamy white chocolate, dotted with crunchy M&M's, and decked out with festive Oreos. Beyond being insanely delicious, it also stands out as a great party centerpiece!
Course Dessert, Snack, treat
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Halloween Popcorn
Prep Time 15 minutes
Setting Up 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 407kcal
Cost $5.62

Ingredients

  • 8 cups plain popped popcorn (Note 1)
  • 2 cups Halloween Oreos, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup Halloween M&M's (Note 2)
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips (11-12 oz. bag will work)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil

Instructions

  • PREP: Prepare a rimmed sheet pan by lining it with foil, parchment paper, or a silicone liner. Set it aside.
  • MIX: In a large bowl, add the popped popcorn. Make sure to remove any un-popped kernels (See Note 3). Coarsely chop the Halloween Oreos into about 8 pieces per Oreo. Add the chopped Oreos (along with any crumbs) and the M&M's to the popcorn.
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the white chocolate chips with the oil. Microwave this mixture in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Ensure the chocolate doesn't burn.
  • FINISH MIX: Once the chocolate is melted, pour it over the popcorn mixture. Working quickly and using a spatula, mix until the popcorn and mix-ins are uniformly coated with the white chocolate.
  • HARDEN: Pour the coated popcorn mixture onto the previously prepared sheet pan, and spread it out in an even layer. Allow the popcorn to harden, either at room temperature or by placing it in the refrigerator. Once it's set, break the popcorn into bite-sized pieces.
  • STORAGE: If there are any leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. It's best enjoyed within 1-2 days.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Popcorn: Want a shortcut? Grab some already-popped popcorn. It's a tad pricier, but super convenient. If you’re on the DIY route, I personally love these packets (lightly salted plain popcorn). Or, pop kernels using a popcorn machine or stovetop. For this recipe, you'll need 8 cups total. And if you're using unsalted popcorn, sprinkle in a pinch of salt for that perfect flavor balance.
Note 2: Halloween Oreos and M&M's: If you can't find the Halloween editions, classic Oreos are just as delicious, and regular M&M's will work great. Simply pick out the colors you want. Mix and match colors like orange and green or maybe orange and yellow to keep the Halloween spirit alive.
Note 3: Removing unpopped kernels - Place the popcorn in a large bowl and cover with a cooling rack. Flip the bowl over and shake it above a plate; the un-popped kernels will fall out, leaving only the fully popped pieces behind. Continue with the recipe using this popcorn

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g

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.

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