Red Velvet Popcorn

This Red Velvet Popcorn is such a fun and easy treat!

I have found that if I am not smiling, my husband automatically thinks something is wrong.

And on these rare occasions (that I am not smiling like a fool) he asks me, “What’s the matter?  What are you thinking?  What’s wrong?”

When I tell him nothing, he never believes me.  Ever.


So today I am going to make a list of some my most recent smile-killing thoughts.  I will refer him to this list then next time I am not showing teeth.


Here goes:

1.  I saw on TV today that Nicholas Cage is making another Ghost Rider movie.
WHY?  Did people enjoy the first movie so much that a sequel needed to be made?

2.  My friend told me that she thinks Kris Humphries is hot.
I am not sure that we can be friends anymore.

3.  A lady at the gym this morning said to me as I was walking into the bathroom, “Going to make your daily deposit?”
WHO SAYS THAT?  Obviously I am walking into the bathroom.  NO more discussion needs to be had.

4.  I have always thought that “nevermind” was one word.
Well, it isn’t.  Apparently.  The red squiggle line keeps telling me it’s not.

5.  I went to see a psychic last night with some friends.  The man/psychic was the guy who the show The Mentalist is based on.
Well, he didn’t look anything like Simon Baker.  Complete letdown.  Also, “letdown” is one word…didn’t know that either.

6.  Toddlers and Tiaras is not only still on the air, but sharing pearls of wisdom.  One particularly repugnant parent gives her daughter “special juice” to keep her “energized”. The special juice to which she is referring is known by the rest of the population as Mountain Dew.  Now, if the “special juice” doesn’t work, you could try giving your precious dumpling some “pageant crack” (pixy sticks) to keep her peppy.  Oh the vernacular of a Toddler and Tiara mother.

And probably my most common reoccurring, unpleasing thought…



So yeah.  Those are the deep rooted issues that I have in my life at any given moment.

I suppose my life is pretty ok.


Now, moving on to something that would be sure to put a smile on my face…

Red Velvet Popcorn.  This idea came to me over this past weekend when I was putting together the fun Valentines Party we did a few days ago.  A few of the ladies did amazing red velvet treats like these or these or these.  And then my friend Amy made some sweet Valentine’s popcorn.  I thought that combining the two would be so fun!

So I gave it a go!


It was a really simple process.  I baked up a red velvet cake…

I used a boxed mix for this cake, but if you’re looking for a great scratch recipe check out this one.

You are actually only going to need part of the cake, about 1/4 of it.  I have attached at the end of the post some fun ways to use up the rest of the cake, or heck, just eat it.


When the cake is cooled break up enough to make about 3 cups of cake crumbs.  You don’t have to be exact here, 3 cups is just a jumping off point.

Now make your popcorn and melt your white chocolate.  Pour the white chocolate over the popcorn in a large bowl and stir to coat evenly.

Transfer your wet popcorn to a wax paper lined counter and spread it out evenly.

Now sprinkle your cake crumbs all over.   I really liked the cake on the popcorn, so I used a heavy hand when adding the cake.

Then let it set up, that’s it!!

You could also give it away in bags for party gifts…

Now if you need some fun ideas for ways to use up leftover red velvet cake:

Cupcakes in a jar from Glorious Treats

Cake pops from Bakerella

Red Velvet Milkshake like this one from The Novice Chef



Red Velvet Popcorn

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 1/2 cup unpopped kernels approx 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 cups red velvet cake crumbs (about 1/4 of a 9x13 cake)
  • 20 oz white chocolate or white melting candy, such as almond bark or disks)


  1. Pop the popcorn using an air popper into a large bowl.
  2. Melt your white chocolate according to package directions. I use a double boiler for white chocolate.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and stir to coat completely.
  4. Pour the popcorn onto a waxed paper lined counter and sprinkle with your red velvet crumbs.
  5. Let it dry completely before eating.


Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

If you don’t have an air popper you can use 2 bags of microwave popcorn, just make sure you get the lightly salted/buttered or a “natural”.

Also, this recipe calls for approx 3 cups red velvet cake crumbs. This doesn’t have to be exact. Use more or less depending on the results you desire.
If you use a boxed mix red velvet cake you will be using about 1/4 of the cake. I baked mine in a 9×13 pan.



78 Responses

  1. Anna

    I just found your site, and I love it! You are so funny. I was looking for a banana bread recipe and found your Reese’s one. I might be drooling a little thinking about it. I need a couple of ingredients for it or I would be making it RIGHT NOW!

  2. Lisa

    Chocolates are usually what I give in valentines. This will be a pleasant surprise for my hubby. I am planning to invite him to a movie and present him this present. Thank you for the suggestion.

  3. You, my dear, are my Valentine’s guru. Officially.

    And every boyfriend I’ve ever had has thought the same thing as your husband. can’t a girl just have non-smiley thoughts every once in a while! Sheesh.

  4. THANK YOU! Your post was the bright spot of my day. Made me smile. Love the “nevermind” excuse, I always thought it was one word as well.

    Popcorn looks AMAZING! Pinning it right now for a day when I’m in NEED of something tasty like this!

  5. This looks so good. I made some white choc popcorn that Im going to blog about if I can get my act together and edit the pics…ugh. Hate that task.

    I do NOT think Kris Humphries is hot. At all. I never got that one but hey, I also think Alton Brown is hot in his own way, so there 🙂

  6. I laughed out loud more than a few times at the first part of that post. It was a nice treat with my coffee this morning! You’re a fab writer.

    This recipe is clearly genius. I cannot wait to make it!

    Also: Kris, Humprhies, Boo!

  7. Marisha

    I personally had the SAME thought about the Ghostrider movie. I expressed this opinion to my husband and he was openly offended and could NOT understand why I could possibly feel that way. Sigh. Men and stupid movies.

    On a positive note – this creation is a fabulous combination of two of my favorite things. Can’t WAIT to try it!!

  8. I just made this but with plain chocolate cake and semi sweet chocolate. It is so good. I posted about it and linked back to your recipe, your about me page and your blog page. This is an amazing recipe. I was making a different kind and was having trouble with the recipe. So I googled and started browsing and found you. So glad I did. And Kris Humphries so not hot. But this is coming from a gal who think Lamar is so there you go. Am I ousted?

  9. I know it took away your smile, but #3 made me giggle….who DOES say that?

    I think your popcorn just may be the cleverest version of red velvet anything that I have ever seen.

  10. I just discovered your blog tonight and I love it!! I actually laughed out loud reading your list of reasons…… I so agree! Great recipe,I have to try this for my grandsons Valentine treat.

  11. Lady, you just made my fiance VERY happy or at least he will be when I make this. I was running out of Red Velvet treats to make. Well, I did see some red velvet roll out cookies, but cookies intimidate me. I think I will do a red velvet dessert table for his birthday and this is definitely going on it. Thanks a bunch, love it!

  12. Whenever I need to smile I just read your blog. Speaking of that squiggly underline thingy, it seriously needs to be updated because buttercream IS a word! At least in my world it is.

  13. you’re too clever for your own good! and oh, simon baker. if only they would let him speak with his true accent on that show, then he’d be irresistible! 🙂

  14. Patty

    I just made this today and am wondering if the popcorn should be crispy? Mine seems a bit on the soft side after tossing with the chocolate and cake crumbs. Could it be because I used Wilton’s Candy Melts? It is delicious, just not the texture that I was expecting. Any suggestions or feed back would be much appreciated. Oh…I used strawberry cake mix because I couldn’t find red velvet and it is nearly as pretty as yours.

  15. At least your husband asks you what’s wrong. My husband pretends he doesn’t notice, so he doesn’t have to listen to me Love your popcorn. Perfect treat for Valentine’s Day.

  16. karla

    I made this couple days ago and gave to my friends as an early V-day present. They loved it. I also tried chocolate cake mix with melted milk chocolate and tossed in some chopped reese cups too. Great stuff!

  17. My hubs is the same way. If I’m not all cheery, he thinks I’m pissed. Drives me NUTS!

    As for this popcorn, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! What have you done to me??? This opens up a whole new world of popcorn possibilities. You are the queen.

  18. Good Morning! I was very curious so I thought I would drop by via Inspired by Charm! Looks delicious I must add the ingredients to this mornings grocery list and make this popcorn for our weekly viewing of Downtown Abbey!
    Have a great weekend! Christine

  19. brianna

    “1/2 C uncooked popcorn kernels, about 8 C cooked”
    In your caramel corn recipe, you state that 1/2 C uncooked kernels is 16 C cooked.

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