Hot Chocolate Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Popcorn is a delicious sweet and salty snack recipe. Popcorn has never been so much fun to munch on! Plus, it’s super easy to make with just 5 ingredients.

Let’s talk about gym etiquette. Now that I am all exercisey and work-outy I have discovered that there is kind of a gym hierarchy.

Apparently spending too much time on a single machine makes people angry.

Apparently setting up your “station” in an exercise class too close to someone else elicits dirty looks like you wouldn’t believe.

Apparently working out with the free weights gives all meat-heads in the vicinity a free pass to ogle you.

And apparently if you see someone using a piece of exercise equipment in the wrong way you shouldn’t correct them, you are just supposed to laugh and point…

You know how I know that?  Yeah, that was me, trying to use abdominal machine as a quad exercise.  Not embarrassing at all. Yeah, some gym people aren’t so nice.

Let me share a recent encounter with you…My friend talked me into taking a Pilates class.  Pilates isn’t my thing, as I am a major weakling.  BUT I begrudgingly agreed.

Half way through the class we had to do this ridiculous move that required my legs to be in the air while also trying to lift my shoulders and back off the ground all while squeezing a ball in between my calves…so yeah, it wasn’t pretty. I started laughing, like snort-laughing because I couldn’t seem to hoist myself into the correct Pilates positioning.  Well, APPARENTLY laughing in Pilates is frowned upon because the woman on the mat next to me sat up and said to me…and I quote…”I bet if I dangled a Milky Way in front of you, you would be able to get off the ground”.

Let that marinate for a beat.

She actually said those words to me.   I cannot make this stuff up.

I was stunned into silence, only later wishing that I told her that I am more of a Snickers girl.

My friend heard the whole encounter. So, yeah…no laughing in Pilates, it’s all very serious.  Lesson learned.

Since Pilates doesn’t want to be my friend I will drown my sorrows in popcorn, which is a very inclusive snack.  Popcorn will not make fun of you.  Popcorn will not ask you to do crazy-bendy-stretches. Popcorn will not make my elbows shake in weak peril.

And you can dress up popcorn however you like and it doesn’t ever seem to mind.  So take that mean-Pilates-lady.

See?  I clothed my popcorn in hot chocolatey goodness and it didn’t insult me.

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

How to Make the Perfect Popcorn

Pop some corn and sprinkle some marshmallows on top.

Then melt some white candy melting disks or almond bark…

Drizzle the melted candy on top of the popcorn and marshmallows and stir it up to coat evenly.

Spread the mixture on a wax paper lined counter and sprinkle some hot chocolate mix all over, BEFORE the candy coating has set.

The hot chocolate powder will stick to the candy coating.

Then get you some milk chocolate.  Oh yeah.Melt it and drizzle it all over the top of the popcorn.  It just keeps getting better!

Let the chocolate set up and you’re done!

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Hot Chocolate Popcorn

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cups 1x
  • Category: Popcorn
  • Method: Air Popper
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Hot Chocolate Popcorn is a delicious sweet and salty snack recipe. Popcorn has never been so much fun to munch on! Plus, it’s super easy to make with just 5 ingredients.


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn (about 16 cups popped)
  • 14 ounces white candy melting disks or vanilla almond bark
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Hot Chocolate (powder) mix
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate


  1. Make your popcorn using an air popper. (If you don’t have an air-popper and use microwave popcorn, use plain or lightly buttered/salted.)
  2. In a large bowl combine your popcorn and marshmallows.
  3. Melt you white candy melts according to package directions and drizzle on top of popcorn/marshmallow mix. Stir to coat evenly.
  4. Spread your popcorn on a wax paper lined counter. Immediately sprinkle your hot chocolate mix on top of wet popcorn.
  5. Melt your milk chocolate in the double boiler or microwave and drizzle on top of popcorn.
  6. Let chocolate set.


Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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95 Responses

  1. Ouch!! I cannot BELIEVE someone said that to you! I wish I had been there to judo-chop that mean pilates chick in the face… and then force a Milky Way in her mouth πŸ™‚
    But whatever, I’m totally all for eating this popcorn instead. Less violence, more happy. This looks great, Shelly!

  2. Susan

    Wow. I think I would have run out of the room crying- that is the level of my resolve. You should have accidentally “slipped” and kicked her in the face.

      1. Amber

        my husband is an officer…I vouch for this! Wow, I’m not sure I could’ve held back from being nasty myself!

        And if it makes you feel any better, the first time I went to the gym, I used a machine that I thought was for abs, but no, was actually for the legs, ended up leaning over the thing w/ my butt in the air before someone corrected me.

  3. Oh man, I’m definitely trying this!!! And as for the witch in Pilates…all I can say is that she’s lucky I wasn’t the one she said that to! Man, you have some restraint!! (and I would’ve been laughing too!! hehe)

  4. What a b****! I take LOTS of pilates classes and laugh at myself constantly. Maybe that’s because my instructor is also hysterical and definitely fosters laughter in class. Hmm.

  5. Michelle P.

    Wow. I can’t believe that person said that to you! Like you, I’d come up with all sorts of responses after the fact. That is just crazy!
    I personally would much rather enjoy this popcorn than any Pilates class anyway. πŸ™‚ This looks so yummy!

  6. Wow, you are in the wrong Pilates class. It takes nearly everyone at least a few classes to be able to do some of the moves…and I promise that most students aren’t that rude!

    On the bright side, you can’t be sad if you’re coming home to this popcorn!

  7. Saying stuff like that to fellow gym members is *never* okay–I don’t care who they are or what they may or may not be doing! Normal human courtesy should tell people at least that much. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with gym snobbery!! πŸ™

  8. Caroline

    Sheesh what is wrong with people!! I commend your strength for not taking that stupid little ball from between your legs and bouncing it off her face…. because I’m pretty sure that’s what I would have done. This is why I do hot yoga, I’m too preoccupied thinking up new curse words in my head to giggle… that and trying not to pass out from the heat. But on a side note, my hankering for popcorn just got more intense, I’ll definitely be making this tomorrow!

  9. Sherri

    Report Ms. Snot Face tight Ass. Seriously. Say she was harassing you. geez. I would have laughed. Imagine having sex with her… that is lots of fun. NOT!

  10. So.. I did drag my friend to Pilates a few weeks ago and she also was not used to the “movements” . We had to put the ring between our legs and squeeze. She was doing well until the squeeze part, she squeezed and her ring flew across the room and hit the mirror… I am laughing just thinking about that moment…. we could not contain ourselves…. we just started doing that snorty-trying-not-to-laugh laugh. What was even funnier was everyone trying to ignore us… good luck with that! Needless to say, I will be doing Pilates alone. I would have laughed with you and then helped you eat this fantastic popcorn…. Bake on!

  11. Tracy

    I just made this with vanilla candy melts, Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate mix, and drizzled it with caramel and melted milk chocolate chips….fabulous….thanks for the great recipe, and BOOOOO to the Milky Way lady!

  12. That witch…you know what you do? Next time take a Snickers, and eat it LOUDLY right next to her…HAHAHAHA I love you and I think the mean pilates lady sucks. Bet she can’t invent cool popcorn recipes either, LOL!

  13. Wow what do you say to that woman? I would have cried I think, only because I would be laughing out of discomfort and whatnot. but still, yikes! I think the popcorn makes up for it, and that poor lady had to open her mouth and miss out of getting to know a nice person like you.

  14. Victoria

    Wow! No you should go back, eat some refried beans before you go and get as close as you can. And wear a shirt that says I like candy. Argh! But I’m like you, I would have that of the witty comeback much later on. Whatever. You have awesome popcorn and a bunch of strangers on your side. πŸ˜€

  15. I can’t believe she said that…well I do believe it, but you should have kicked her! Oops didnt mean to kick you, was just trying to get into position!
    Anyway your popcorn looks so yummy!

  16. THOU SHALT NOT LAUGH DURING PILATES! Or yoga. I snort-laughed in yoga once whilst doing “happy baby pose” (you have to know that pose to make your life complete) as my right leg started shaking uncontrollably, like majorly flailing all over the place without any conscious effort. I tried REALLY hard to hold in the giggle, but that only made it more disruptive when it came bursting forth through my nose. I think I got gonged with the music bowl thing. It was awesome.

  17. Awesome! My daughter and I came up with a hot cocoa cupcake that I posted on my blog a couple of weeks ago. Same principle. Awesome!
    Can’t wait to go home and show her this. We’ll have to try it.

  18. Jill

    This looks wonderfull….going to add it to my list of yummy holiday treats! People who have a good sense of humor, and can laugh at themselves are the happiest people. πŸ™‚ Those are the people you find friendships with. I stay away from up-tight bitches!

  19. Jane

    I always got held up as the “What Not To DO” person in yoga, so I quit going like a big baby. That milky way lady has major issues, she’s probably jealous that you have friends and her bitchiness limits her ability to make friends.

    So thanks for providing the great recipe, which I’ll eat and celebrate my lack of flexibility!

  20. ZOMG how did you know sucker punch that B!TCH? This is why I don’t do group classes–cause mean people suck. And this popcorn looks fantastic. Bet meannastyuglyPilates chick couldn’t think of something so awesome.

  21. I love your blog I never comment but this was close to home being a trainer and all. Its really sad when people talk down to others, I am sorry about that. I have been a trainer/gym rat forever and I break the rules, but in a polite way.
    Mean people suck!

  22. I laughed so hard at your “Apparently…” gym list. It’s all so true and I always stress at the gym because I feel like I am doing everything wrong. Clearly I have given away the fact that I don’t go often…haha.

    Anyways, having this hot chocolate popcorn will make it all better… πŸ™‚

  23. Donna D.

    So can’t wait to try this popcorn!!

    I’m one of those people when I laugh really hard I can’t stop so I probably would have laughed even harder when she said that…all the while wishing I could speak so I could ask her if thats how she learned to do it…

    I’ve been working up the nerve to take a class at my gym. The thing holding me back wasn’t mean people, just not being able to keep up but now… However, I might not have to worry as my brother takes the class I’m planning on taking and the first time he went he was wearing tight shorts (his wife and I have tried very hard to convince him not to wear those but I think he convinced himself…) there were jumping jacks involved, everthing was fine until he looked in the mirror…no one made any nasty comments and they are still friendly to him πŸ™‚ I haven’t heard any comments about the creepy tight shorts guy so they must be pretty tolerant in that class.

  24. Joanna

    That’s terrible! I’ve never had that happen to me, but that’s what keeps me from exercising in public. I got a gym membership once and would go crazy early during the summer to avoid as many people as possible πŸ™‚ I’m not the most confident exerciser, I probably would have put on a brave face but then run away! You’re my hero

  25. I made the Snickers popcorn and my niece sold it at a fundraiser. It sold out quickly. I’ll be trying this recipe out tonight. My husband needs something to take to his office holiday party.

  26. Heather

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe someone was that rude! You should have considered throwing the ball that you were trying to hold between your calves right at her face… and maybe kicked her, or at least stepped on her hand on the way out of class. You know, just to make it fair for how inappropriate SHE was… yeah I spend too much time with kids (one starts the fight, the other ends the fight, its fair)

    PS this popcorn looks AMAZE.

  27. I am “floored’ (no pun intended) that someone would say such a thing to you! The nerve of some people! She should be aware that you have a lot of people looking out for you:)

    Your hot chocolate popcorn would be so cute served in a mug:)

  28. OMG, I can’t believe that woman said that to you! I never knew Pilates was such serious business either; if I were there I would have been sniggering right along with you. And telling that woman that she needs to get over herself and have a Milky Way once in a while! πŸ˜‰

  29. If anyone–anyone at all–decides to go to the gym or try an exercise class, they should be supported.

    Your story details exactly the kind of experiences that make people dread exercise and hate the gym. Exercise is for everyone! And it’s supposed to be fun, as much as possible. I say laugh away, and tell that witch with a b to go eat a cheeseburger.


  30. I can’t believe she said that to you!! I think I might have punched her! lol.
    You’re popcorn sounds so yummy!! and I do agree with another poster- it would be SO cute in a mug.

    quick question if you don’t mind answering: what font did you use on you first photo with the word “Popcorn”?- Thanks!

  31. Annie

    I’m a relatively new reader and I love your yummy posts. I seriously think your chubby hubby bars (which I brought into work one day) made my boss like me better.

    As to that gym lady, you should have told her right where she could stuff a Milky Way. You should try running! It’s better than the gym because you can always find trails to run at where people can see you/judge. AND even if you run along the road where people can see you, you’re the one running and everybody else is sitting on their butts in their cars. Which makes you better than them right away.

    1. Christy I’ve made it so many times now I can rattle off the repcie:3 T sugar4 T cocoa powder1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows4 cups milkHeat on stove, stirring until markshmallows are melted. (Don’t boil.) Add 1 t. vanilla if you want, but I always forget! Makes 4 servings.When it’s just me at home I use another (probably slightly healthier repcie):1 T sugar2 T cocoa powder2 T waterWhisk together over low heat, then add 1 cup milk and heat through without boiling. Makes 1 serving.

  32. Oh my…I can’t believe those words actually came out of her mouth. I would have been tempted to tell her to take her seal pose and shove it. This popcorn looks like just thing to munch on after such an encounter.

  33. Angie R.

    Hi, I have a question. Does it matter what type of hot cocoa mix you use? I have some homemade kind that you are supposed to mix with milk, but I know some mixes have the dry milk added and you mix with water. Thanks!

  34. Sarah

    Can I use melted white chocolate in place of the white candy melting disks? i’m trying to avoid another trip to the grocery store. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  35. Dixie

    Just made this to put in a gift basket along with a couple movies to give as a gift and it’s very yummy!! I will make it again for sure. Thanks for the great recipe.

  36. Woooow!! That is crazy. I tried Pilates once in my aerobic dance class and I have to say it sucks. I don’t like it and it doesn’t like me. As I struggled, I made fun of the robot barbie on the instruction tape and the girls around me laughed. You just had bad Pilates company.

  37. Ashley

    Your recipes all look so delicious!! As for mean pilates lady, I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE SAID THAT! I have never heard any gym lady being that rude. I laugh the whole time when I go to gym classes. Wow I wish I knew who the lady was so I could go punch her in the face and poor melted milky ways all over her head!

  38. Wow, I cannot believe that women was SO RUDE!
    But….this popcorn is amazing! i just love hot chocolate and did gain a few pounds because of it, so maybe this is going to be a healthier way to get my fix this winter?? NOT!!! I will use lots and lots of chocolate of course.

  39. Casey

    I am so sorry that you have had bad experiences, I have had my moments of feeling like an idiot, but never had anyone laugh, point it out or make a snide comment. I know it has been a while since you posted this, but I just came across it. Maybe, it was a bad gym, I am an avid exerciser and generally healthy and try to encourage people to make their best efforts to be active and eat healthy (I just started my masters in public health, so yeah it’s a passion) If gyms make you uncomfortable or your bad experiences have kept you from going back or hinder you, there are plenty of other options (depending on where you live and the options there) but I might try finding something on meetup for beginners anything that peaks your interest (I love running, but know a lot of people don’t). There’s so many options out there to stay active and you don’t even have to think of it as exercise if you enjoy it, dance class for beginners or hiking with your dog, home workout videos, sports, biking, you get my drift. My point is, I hope that these negative people don’t keep you from staying healthy.

  40. I found you via pinterest (a year and a half after you wrote the post, apparantly – gotta love that). Thank you so much for sharing this…I know 2 little boys who are going to love their snack tonight!

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