Red Velvet Popcorn

This easy 3 ingredient Red Velvet Popcorn is such a fun snack or dessert! It makes a super cute Valentine’s Day gift and it’s a great treat to munch on during a movie!

Red Velvet Popcorn in heart-shaped containers

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!

How to Make Red Velvet Popcorn

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: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category Category: Snack
  • Method Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


This easy 3 ingredient Red Velvet Popcorn is such a fun snack or dessert! It makes a super cute Valentine’s Day gift and it’s a great treat to munch on during a movie!



  • 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.

Nutrition Information:

48.9 g
172.8 mg
24.7 g
67.6 g
6.7 g
14.9 mg

Keywords: popcorn recipe, easy snack recipe, easy dessert recipe, homemade popcorn, snack recipe, simple dessert recipe, valentines day dessert, valentines dessert

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Lindsay Forster
Jul 11, 2021 4:37 pm

Im checking out recipes online and before I even made yours let me just say,
the fact that everything you said about your issues was hilarious and well worded and tastefully explained (punn totally intended). I haven’t make this yet but i’m giving 5 stars because you’re flipping awesome. This alone makes me want to check out every single recipe you have.

Rose Martine
Jun 8, 2020 12:24 am

I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.

Feb 8, 2015 10:41 am

“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.

Feb 9, 2015 12:09 am
Reply to  Shelly

Hey it only means more red velvet popcorn! I can’t wait to try this out

Jan 31, 2014 8:42 am

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

Jan 22, 2014 2:10 pm

Oh my goodness… this is brilliant! My girls will LOVE this 🙂

Jan 28, 2013 9:32 pm

This is just getting out of hand! I wish I had the patience to make this… If I go to the length to make a cake, I’m just eating it as cake.

Lyn Kaye
Dec 11, 2012 12:13 pm

I am going to add the Santa Hat Bugles and some holiday M&Ms and make this a Christmas Jar gift. I’m looking forward to this!!

Sue lee
Nov 11, 2012 9:27 pm

Put green food coloring in half of the white chocolate and use for Christmas gifts!

Oct 9, 2012 8:38 am


Mar 27, 2012 9:44 pm

I wonder if using lemon cake would work too?? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Feb 14, 2012 10:23 am

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.

Feb 13, 2012 11:55 pm

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!

Feb 13, 2012 12:35 am

This is brilliant!! Who would have thought of popcorn in white chocolate with cake crumbles!?!!

Feb 12, 2012 8:46 am

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.

Feb 11, 2012 9:24 pm

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.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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