Hot Cocoa Popcorn


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Maximum reward for little effort.  I should get that tattooed on my body because it’s kinda my mantra. I’ve thought about the words YES, FOCUS, CARB LOVE and some other quote but I’ve never been able to figure out what font I’d choose. THAT WOULD BE SO DANG HARD.

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This Hot Cocoa Popcorn recipe falls into that maximum reward/little effort category. It’s ridiculously easy! How do you get popcorn to taste like hot cocoa?? You mix it with cocoa powder, sugar and a bit of cinnamon. Then you sprinkle chocolate chips & mini marshmallows throughout.

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The only problem is…if you’re trying to sneak some (ahem, COOPER) someone will instantly see you’ve been up to no good with your cocoa coated fingers (and face!). It makes a perfect after school treat or a nice little I need something to jam in my mouth before I make dinner–snack.

 

And we’re off!

All of these items are pantry staples in my kitchen. BOOM. If you’ve got them, what’s stopping you?

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In a giant bowl, mix cocoa powder with sugar and cinnamon.

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In a pot or a Whirley Pop! (that’s what I always use to make popcorn) add the coconut oil and the kernels.

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Get your pop on!

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Slowly mix the hot popcorn into the cocoa mixture. STIR.

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Keep at it. It smells good, doesn’t it?

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Now we add the chocolate chips & the marshmallows.

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GOODNESS.

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Serve it in GIGANTIC mugs.

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Can you imagine eating this AND drinking hot cocoa? My brain just exploded thinking about it.

Hot Cocoa Popcorn

makes 15-16 cups

recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons super fine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • kosher salt

In a large bowl, combine cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon. Stir until well incorporated, set aside.

Place a 3 quart saucepan (or Whirley Pop) over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and popcorn kernels to the pan. Close the lid and  move pot back and forth  (or whirl around!) on the stove and pop the popcorn until you start to hear the popping slow down. Remove from the stove.

Immediately add the hot popcorn to the cocoa mixture and stir to evenly coat the popcorn. Add in the mini marshmallow, chocolate chips, and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Stir evenly and serve.

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  • October 9, 2013

    This is gorgeous! I eat popcorn almost every day and I usually spray it with coconut oil and then top it with everything from cinnamon and sugar (actually stevia) to cocoa to nutritional yeast. I love how pretty this is. Way neater than the messy bowls I eat about 2am. Speaking of which, it’s popcorn time right now. Pinned!

  • Manja
    October 9, 2013

    Whoa, this looks so good. I can’t deal. I totally want some popcorn right now, but I am stuck at work. By the way, I really love the ‘cover’ photo of the popcorn, so pretty! :)

  • October 9, 2013

    mind.blown.

    it looks so good. what a great idea!

  • Jane M
    October 9, 2013

    I am speechless!

  • October 9, 2013

    Oh my goodness. This looks amazing.

  • October 9, 2013

    This is So awesome!! My family LOVE hot cocoa and popcorn, so naturally combing the two sounds like a great idea to me!

  • October 9, 2013

    Are those a different kind of popcorn kernels??

  • October 9, 2013

    Genius!

  • This sounds AMAZING! I wonder how it would taste with my pumpkin marshmallows. :)

  • Sogol
    October 9, 2013

    Tracey – amazing idea! If you end up reading the comments would you mind letting us know some sources for the popcorn maker – is it a standard stove top?

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      there’s a link in the post to the Whirley Pop. I LOVE IT.

  • October 9, 2013

    Popcorn is my FAVORITE snack. This looks like a great way to mix it up!

  • Julia
    October 9, 2013

    omg this recipe SPEAKS to me!

  • October 9, 2013

    i’m all about these quick and delicious type of decisions.

  • October 9, 2013

    Good Lord!! This is so smart. What a perfect after-school (or, uh, mid-morning) snack.

  • October 9, 2013

    I always use my Whirley Pop for popcorn too, but I had never thought about using it with coconut oil. What a great idea!

  • Liz
    October 9, 2013

    This looks awesome. Do you know if it stores well? I was thinking it would be nice packaged up for Christmas snack baskets.

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      We had ours in our house for 1 day, so I can’t attest to how long it stores! :(

    • October 10, 2013

      Probably not a good idea to store homemade popcorn for too long. I tried a couple of times but they go stale and mushy really quickly.

  • I could live without popcorn but now that you have introduced chocolate to the picture, I don’t think I can anymore!

  • Kate
    October 9, 2013

    Thanks to you and the Whirley Pop, I’ve begun replacing actual meals with popcorn. This is the next logical step to total popcorn domination of my diet!

  • October 9, 2013

    when i (mis)read the title to this post, i read “hot cocoa porn.” i swear i’m not pervy. sometimes it’s better to READ rather than skim ;) just thought you’d like to know :D

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      I like you.

  • October 9, 2013

    This is such a cute idea!!! I definitely want to try this! Would be a great halloween treat too!

  • October 9, 2013

    What a fabulous idea! Snack time just got about 1000x better!!!

  • October 9, 2013

    I’m stunned at this delicious genius, Tracy! Just want to get the supplies for this and cozy up at home with a movie on a rainy day like today.

  • Mariana
    October 9, 2013

    I make it with the same ingredients but in a different way, I just throw everything inside a popcorn popper and keep stirring on low heat. It gets more glazed

    And I live by the same motto :D

  • October 9, 2013

    oh, yes! as soon as I saw your IG picture of this I knew it was a must-make!! Popcorn is my go-to when I’m feeling snacky but am trying to avoid 6 cookies…in other words, I’m all about the desserty popcorn!

  • October 9, 2013

    This looks fantastic! I devoured your toasted coconut popcorn when i made it & this sounds just as dangerous. Yum!!!

  • Okay I have everything but the mini marshmallows but this seems like a pretty good reason to get mini marshmallows to me.

  • October 9, 2013

    This would not last long in my house. And I’m the only one who lives there…

  • Tracy Too
    October 9, 2013

    Hi Tracy – random query alert – but after I read this awesome popcorn post I somehow ended up at your Giardiniera recipe and I was wondering where you got the teeny tiny mandolin slicer? I WANT ONE! :-)

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      Hey! I got it at a Japanese dollar store!

  • October 9, 2013

    What a cute snack! I just love everything about this!!

  • October 9, 2013

    This is why I am currently roasting only veggies for dinner. Popcorn for dessert (with a side of red wine?)? A-mazing! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • October 9, 2013

    Do the chocolate chips and marshmallows get a little melty? Because if they did, that would be extra super magical! I appreciate that you can’t hide that fact you’ve been tasting popcorn because of the dirty fingers!

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      Unfortunately not!

  • MUST MAKE THIS NOW.

  • Ana
    October 9, 2013

    How do you think would be a good way to package this and give it as Christmas gifts?

  • October 9, 2013

    so, sometimes I like to eat popcorn and drink chocolate milk…this just stepped up my popcorn game! I’mma have to make this and eat it whist drinking hot cocoa.

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      that would be SOOOOOOOO good.

  • October 9, 2013

    POPCORN GENIUS.

  • Katie
    October 9, 2013

    Whoa. This makes 15-16 cups?!?

    • Tracy
      October 9, 2013

      yup

      • Jenna
        October 11, 2013

        And you’ll wish you had another 16 cups after you’ve finished eating it… speaking from experience here! So good Tracy, thank you for the amazing recipe & beautiful photos!

  • October 9, 2013

    nothing better than making popcorn right on the stove. It makes your home smell like a movie theater! I love the addition of cinnamon to the cocoa powder. I’m sure that makes it wonderful!

  • October 10, 2013

    This looks beautiful.

  • October 10, 2013

    I’m on a 10 day cleanse (kill me), and this looks like day ELEVEN. WANT.

  • Jenn
    October 10, 2013

    How long would this stay fresh? It sounds like your batch wasn’t around long enough to go stale, but I think it would be a great Christmas present!

  • Maria
    October 10, 2013

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely going to try this one – i love making my own popcorns.

  • October 10, 2013

    I didn’t even know something like a Whirley Pop existed! Does it cut down on the cook time for the popcorn?

  • Jenny
    October 10, 2013

    Do you think I could just buy microwave popcorn instead of making my own and add all the toppings to it?

    • Tracy
      October 10, 2013

      Sure you could! I would be careful about using a butter flavor popcorn though- it might overpower the cocoa mixture!

  • October 10, 2013

    Super yum and so fun. All popcorn should be chocolate from now on.

  • October 14, 2013

    Oh yes please. I still need to make popcorn with coconut oil.

  • kaylee
    October 16, 2013

    Do you know if this would this bode well to make an hour or so ahead for a party? Looks absolutely dreamy :)

    • Tracy
      October 16, 2013

      It should be fine. I’m eating the leftovers for lunch today and the tortellini actually held up OK. The spinach is not as vibrant, but still tastes great.

      • Kaylee
        October 16, 2013

        HAHHAHAA this is why I love you Tracy! I think you may have your recipes mixed up ;) I want that tortellini soup too!!

        • Tracy
          October 16, 2013

          OH MY GOODNESS. Today has been one big brain fart. You can TOTALLY make it an hour before. I had mine out for like 6 hours before Cooper came home and it tasted just as fresh. SORRY!!

  • Anna
    October 23, 2013

    I made this, but was disappointed. I made it with unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s) and though I suspected it could turn out bitter, I figured it would be okay with the sugar. Unfortunately when I mixed it, only the cocoa clung to the popcorn and the sugar ended up at the bottom of the bowl, making yucky, bitter popcorn :(. Next time I may just use hot cocoa mix!

    • Tracy
      October 23, 2013

      Oh no! Did you use super fine sugar? It mixes really well with the cocoa powder.

  • October 28, 2013

    I’ve just made this and oh my, it’s sooooo good! I added some maple syrup and left out the marshmallows but still makes an awesome snack. A NEW (semi-healthy) snack, seriously – this makes me happy! Whoop!

  • November 24, 2013

    We love popcorn and do get a tad bored with it. My family is going to love this recipe. I think a pile of serviettes will have to be on standby.

  • Bini
    March 9, 2014

    looks amazing! What kind of popcorn kernels are you using and where can i get them?

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