Popcorn with Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate popcorn is a salty and sweet snack that tastes like everyone’s favorite winter beverage: hot chocolate! Served with freshly popped popcorn, marshmallows, and a chocolate drizzle. Next, try my funfetti popcorn.

Since it’s National Popcorn Day, I’m going to offer you a brand new popcorn recipe to celebrate: Hot Chocolate Popcorn!

I’m actually writing this piece while flying over Lake Michigan on my way to San Francisco on Monday. My flight was delayed by one hour due to fog in SFO, so I’m getting impatient.

I’m a nervous flier, so I do all I can to distract myself, which right now includes watching the TBS Angie Tribeca binge-a-thon, drinking a huge bottle of chardonnay, and writing this article!

Have you seen this program? I was first dissatisfied with the advertisements I watched, but they are really rather amusing. It’s loaded with puns, such as a bank chain named Elizabeth Banks. I’ll rewatch it after I’m back on solid ground to see whether it’s still as amusing when it’s not the sole choice at 36,000 feet cruising altitude.

In any case, popcorn. To be more specific, hot chocolate popcorn. In the winter, I’ve discovered that I consume a lot of popcorn. Maybe it’s because it’s toasty, or because it goes well with a movie on a cold winter’s night, but I eat a lot of popcorn.

And what else do you eat more of during the winter? Chocolate, please! So why shouldn’t the two be combined? I just mixed chocolate and marshmallows with regular popcorn to create a new comfort meal for myself.

I don’t want you to believe it tastes like hot chocolate; it doesn’t. You’re not going to munch this popcorn and forget you’re not drinking anything. No no. Yet it’s evocative of it, and rather tasty if I do so so myself. My favorite combination is salty and sweet.

You can’t eat this heated because of the solid chocolate, but you could eat it cold, but you’d be coated in melty chocolate. I guarantee it.

More fun popcorn recipes:

  • Popcorn with Sprinkles
  • Lets Dish Marshmallow Caramel Corn
  • Popcorn Balls with Cinnamon Buttered Rum
  • Five Heart Home Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

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Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 5mins
Total Time: 5mins
Servings: 6cups
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A salty and sweet snack that’s reminiscent of everyone’s favorite winter drink: hot chocolate!


  • 6 cups popped popcorn or 6 cup popcorn kernels
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Optional salt


  • Pop the popcorn and season with salt to taste. Toss popcorn and marshmallows together in a large mixing basin. Set aside.
    a cup of popcorn kernels 2 cups tiny marshmallows, salt
  • Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe dish (stirring every 15 seconds) or in a double broiler. Heat until almost totally melted and smooth, then let aside for 30 seconds before stirring until absolutely smooth.
    6 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • Lay salted popcorn in a single layer on two baking pans lined with parchment or wax paper (it doesnt have to be exact).
  • Melted chocolate should be drizzled over the popcorn and marshmallow mixture. Put aside to let the chocolate to solidify.
  • After the chocolate has solidified, split it up and serve it. Enjoy!


Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg


What is the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?

Because of the additions, hot cocoa has a thinner consistency and is creamier and sweeter. Real Hot Chocolate, on the other hand, is more richer and thicker; depending on the kind and proportion of pure cacao used as the basis, it may also include bittersweet undertones.

Is hot chocolate just hot chocolate milk?

Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa or drinking chocolate, is a heated drink made out of shaved or melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and generally some kind of sweetener. It is often topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Is today National hot chocolate Day?

Every year on January 31st, National Hot Chocolate Day warms people all around the nation by honoring the classic cold-weather beverage.

Is drinking hot chocolate good for you?

Hot chocolate contains flavonoids, which increase blood flow. Increased blood flow decreases the risk of blood clots, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, and enhances cognitive function through increasing blood flow to the brain.

Which is healthier hot cocoa or hot chocolate?

While hot cocoa is the sweeter drink, both hot chocolate and hot cocoa are high in sugar, therefore neither is particularly healthy.

What do Americans call hot chocolate?

In North America, it’s more often known as hot chocolate, although cocoa is also the term for a hot, sweet, and milky drink produced with cacao powder across much of the English-speaking globe.

Why do people put marshmallows in hot chocolate?

Nothing tops classic marshmallows or whipped cream as hot chocolate add-ins. The lightness and creaminess achieved by melting marshmallows or whipped cream into hot cocoa to precisely balance the chocolate’s thickness and richness.

Is it milk in McDonald’s hot chocolate?

McDonald’s Hot Chocolate is made with steamed whole milk, rich hot chocolate syrup, whipped light cream, and a chocolate drizzle. Small, medium, and large sizes are available. A small McDonald’s Hot Chocolate has 370 calories.

What country invented hot chocolate?

Ecuador. While their version was highly fiery and bitter by today’s standards, the Maya are credited with creating hot chocolate.

What is backwards day?

National Backward Day is observed on January 31st and celebrates anything backward. The day gives us the option to change our habits, our course, or even our clothes. Maybe dessert for breakfast? There are several ways to commemorate this enjoyable day, so let your creativity lead you.

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