Hot Chocolate Popcorn

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.

Here’s what you do…

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!


Recipe: Hot Chocolate Popcorn


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


  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.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Quick notes

makes approx 18 cups of popcorn

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jen b

That’s why I work out at home! It’s a bitch-free zone in my basement. Well, except for me. 😉


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 🙂
But whatever, I’m totally all for eating this popcorn instead. Less violence, more happy. This looks great, Shelly!


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.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I eat popcorn almost every day…you are my hero. This looks heavenly!

Blog is the New Black

I love popcorn… and now I love it more!

Cookbook Queen

There are some people in life that we should be legally allowed to slap.

Little Miss Milky Way is one of them.

Kim DeBruhl

It’s only illegal if you get caught 😉


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.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Wow. This is awesome.


Pure Evil. Seriously!!

Michelle Whitlow

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)


Laughing only makes your abs work harder!


I can not believe she had the nerve to say that to you. She is a horrible person!!! This popcorn sounds wonderful.


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.

Kim DeBruhl

So, next pilates class, bring a Mily Way and ask her if she would be so kind LMAO!


At least this recipe looks terribly nice and delicious despite your nasty experience!

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. 🙂 This looks so yummy!

Julie @Savvy Eats

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!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

Can’t stand gym snobs… while she’s starving herself, you’ll be enjoying delicious popcorn!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

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!! 🙁


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!


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!


That’s just cruel! It’s why I’m hesitant to join….but what’s a girl who LOVES to bake and eat supposed to do!?!?

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… Read more »

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!

ChiTown Girl

I have absolutely NO tolerance for bitches like that. What nerve!! I’d like to smack her upside her head with a king-sized Milky Way!!

Cookie Sleuth

Great recipe! I cannot believe that woman in your class! Yikes!


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!


Wooow! where do you buy the pop-corn box? Bye, Lara

Renee - Kudos kitchen

This post had my mouth hanging open as I read it. First for the unbelievably rude comment that witch in the pilates class said to you and secondly for this recipe. Gasp!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

Um, I think I would have punched that girl in the face! Unbelievable!

This popcorn is so much better than pilates.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

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.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

I feel your pain about mean gym people-it’s one of many reasons I just refuse to go to that evil evil place 😛 Also-this popcorn looks phenomenal, so perfect for the holidays. I would like some now. Yes, yes I believe I would.


Delicious! I’m SO into covering popcorn in sweetness these days. 🙂

Stupid pilates lady!!!!

Jessica @ How Sweet

holy cannoli i am TOTALLY making this this weekend. if i can wait that long.

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

This looks amazing!


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. 😀


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!


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.

Jessica C

HOLY CRAP! I cannot believe someone said that to you!! What a heinous bitch!


What a bitch! That makes me SO mad and I wasn’t even THERE. I hope she gains 10 pounds! LOL


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.

Courtney Mac

That was hilarious! At least you didn’t “toot” while you had your legs up in the air!!


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. 🙂 Those are the people you find friendships with. I stay away from up-tight bitches!


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!


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.


How fun is this?! Totally trying this out!

Christina @ Ovenadventures

I CAN’T believe that woman said that! Wow.

I am in love with the idea of this popcorn. It’s totally on my to make list. Like to make today list.


i am pretty much obsessed with your blog!! check mine out thanks!!:)


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!

Sarah @ See Sarah Bake

Why do I have a feeling this stuff is like crack? I Can. Not. Wait. to make some!


That is atrocious!! I can’t believe that woman said that to you 🙁