Snickers Popcorn

This Snickers Popcorn is our favorite movie night snack!

This past weekend my husband and I went to the movies.

What is so brilliant about this is there was no animation.

Adult actors actually performing, not just lending their voice to a cartoon bird.

A movie where I didn’t have to wear 3D glasses.

A movie where Ryan Gosling gratuitously goes shirtless.

A movie where I didn’t have to worry about Icees spilling or popcorn sharing.

It was nice.

But while distracted by all the Gosling abs I unconsciously consumed about a week’s worth of calories that a bag of movie theater popcorn contains.

I am convinced that the nasty fake butter drizzle that goes on top is the devil’s nectar.

Like the popcorn doesn’t have enough calories and saturated fat by itself I make the solid choice to drizzle more cellulite juice on top.

I blame Gosling.  He and his 6 pack made my mind all screwy.

I left the movie, not with a stronger resolve to do more sit ups…no, of course that’s not what I did.

I made the very rational decision to one up the popcorn situation…I had done my research in good will and felt obligated to help the world, not with my chiseled abs, but with a perfected popcorn.

Choose your battles, folks.


Snickers Popcorn

First you need to pop your corn.  I use an air popper.

Then you need to make your caramel.

Butter + Brown Sugar + Corn syrup = Delicious

Boil it for 5 minutes…no scary candy thermometer involved.  Rejoice!

Then make your popcorn happy…

Transfer it onto some wax paper and sprinkles with your peanuts and make sure all your corn is coated.

Now bake it up for a little over an hour at 200°

Giving it a nice stir every 15 minutes.

While the popcorn is baking get out your Snickers.  I used 30 “Fun Size” Snickers…but honestly you can use however many you want.  The more the merrier.

Give ’em a coarse chopping.

When the popcorn is done add in your Snickers and stir them in evenly.

Pop the popcorn back in the oven for 3 minutes just enough time to melt the Snickers to the popcorn.

Transfer the popcorn back to the wax paper and spread out to cool…and you could stop here.  I wouldn’t be mad.

But if you WANT, you could drizzle some melted chocolate on top.

It makes the popcorn happy…trust me.

Let the chocolate set..if you are able to show restraint…or eat it warm, really it’s fine.

When it’s set serve it up with a side of Gosling.


Snickers Popcorn

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


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  • Recipe: Snickers Popcorn
  • 8 quarts air popped corn (about 2 cups of kernels)
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 30 “Fun Size” Snickers bars coarsely chopped
  • 3 oz melted semi sweet chocolate (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200ยฐ
  2. Over medium heat boil butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in your baking soda.
  4. Pour over your popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
  5. Transfer to waxed paper lined counter and sprinkle peanuts on top. Stir until all is coated evenly.
  6. Transfer popcorn into a large roasting pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and stir in your coarsely chopped Snickers. Return to oven for 3 more minutes so the Snickers begin to melt slightly into the popcorn.
  8. Remove from pan and transfer popcorn back to wax paper to cool.
  9. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of popcorn if desired.
  10. Let set and store in an airtight container.


121 Responses

  1. Popcorn YES
    Snickers YES
    Brown Sugar concoction YES!
    This looks SO GOOD!!! I think I am going to make these into cute little baggies for Halloween! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Okay, well first I was distracted by the Gosling abs, but then you pulled me in with SNICKERS POPCORN?!

    You should bill me, because I’m so going to use this as my next bribery food for the boys.

    LOVE THIS!!!!

  3. sorilea

    That popcorn looks delicious, BUT:

    (Please read this in a helpful, friendly tone from a smiling, friendly person rather than someone being mean and/or nasty. :O) Because I AM that friendly, happy, smiling person… see: :O) … told ya!)

    You DO know that studies have shown that eating sugar is FAR worse for you than eating saturated fat, right? So, you actually do yourself a greater disservice by eating the sugar-filled popcorn you made at home than eating the theatre popcorn. The body actually NEEDS fat to survive, and saturated fat (in moderation, of course) is necessary for a healthy body, too.

    Don’t believe me? :O) Look it up. There are thousands of articles online that show this true fact. Imagine MY happy surprise that coconut oil (and the theatre-popped popcorn made with it) are actually much more healthy than we were falsely led to believe! As a matter of fact, the vegetable oil now commonly used in fast food, etc… is actually cancer-causing and UNhealthy!

    1. shelly

      Oh, I believe you…just know that everything I write is done with a wink…
      and I would have to say that there is not much on my site that I would deem “healthy”…that’s not the goal.
      The goal is sugar filled recipes to indulge in once and a while.
      Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. liquid movie theater popcorn butter = the devils nectar. Pretty much the perfect description. Snickers popcorn = perfect sweet/salty/movie/anytime of the day treat!!!!

  5. You are one dangerous woman! I make your stuff all the time, which may have something to do with why I can’t lose weight! This recipe may send me into a new pants size, but what a way to go! You are awesome!

      1. Lisa DeBose

        This looks awesome and thank goodness I can share it on movie night at my friends house with her husband and two voracious and adorable kids lol. Cause if I had this alone, ooooo baaad. Brilliant idea (clever girl!) and I’m thinking make ahead and store in air tight containers for a nice treat in moderation?
        Does it store well?

  6. Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely amazing. I love popcorn and snickers! Perfect combination. Thanks for sharing. I hope you don’t mind, but I would love to share this with my FB readers and I gave it a stumble for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Patti S

    Devil’s nectar….Perfect description! LOL
    As for your snickers popcorn….now that’s some serious movie watching popcorn! And yes definitely have to drizzle with extra chocolate because nobody wants unhappy popcorn now do they! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (hollers at the kids to get in the car for an emergency snicker run)

  8. Meagan

    Just made this deliciousness! I’m putting it in cute jars to give away as Christmas gifts to neighbors, friends, etc. Thanks so much for the great recipe!!! It tastes AMAZING!!!!!

    I didn’t quite read the recipe well and was surprised at how much it makes! Next time I might half it because I had popcorn spilling out everywhere. But that’s okay, that just meant I had to keep eating it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, how long do you think this would keep for?

  9. Jocelyn

    I can’t wait to try this! It sounds amazing!!! My “plan” is to make it this weekend and put it in cute baskets for teacher gifts. Any tips??? I’m most concerned about making the caramel. ***And of course this isn’t healthy…seriously!!! It is popcorn and Snickers Bars!!!!! If ya want healthy, eat an apple!!!!!

  10. I was wondering how to make hot.chocolate popcorn and your recipe came right up! Gotta try it this weekend….but you are Funny….really Funny. Thanks for a lift in my boring day!!!!

  11. Sassy Di

    Holy Cow…don’t take this the wrong way but I think I want to marry you for providing a recipe that combines two of my most favorite treats on earth. Hot diggity dog diggity this beyond fantabulous! NOM! NOM! YUMMILICIOUS~

  12. Andrea

    I can’t wait to make this, but I have a question. I live in the world of microwave popcorn can I substitute for air popped popcorn . I don’t own a popcorn machine.

  13. nicole

    I make homemade poppycock but I Have a difficult time getting the loose kernels out before coating. Do u have suggestions on this?

  14. Shelly, This looks delicious. Snickers are my very favorite candy. Do you have any idea how long this popcorn can be stored before it gets uncrunchy? I was thinking that the extra baking in this recipe might help keep it crisp. I bought fresh caramel popcorn recently(in Chicago) and it got soft in two days, but caramel popcorn is sold in bags at the supermarket, so there has to be a trick. I would like to make this and send what I don’t eat to my son in college. Thanks!

    1. shelly

      I think it would keep pretty week for about 5 days to a week…I know what you mean with the chewy…I think they have magic crispy fairies in the bagged popcorn they sell at the supermarket ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Oooo, I need some of those. Where can I buy (or ensnare) some crispy fairies? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Until then, I will try the fairy-free version. This looks perfect for exam week munches. Thanks!

    1. shelly

      Thanks! I actually just saw that on Pinterest, so I clicked back through and saw it there. I left a comment asking for them to remove the recipe, so we’ll see!

  15. Laura

    going to try this but without the melted butter and going to cut some snickers then microwave it so its melted on top of the popcorn then cut more and place them on top

  16. Laura

    This looks soooooo good. I am getting the ingredients today! My son is on the Navy and I am always looking for treats to send to him. This is perfect!

  17. Jai

    Hello . This recipe looks so yummy. I saw it on Pinterest and I was immediately intrigued. Question though: I have seen cocoa drizzled kettlecorn in the stores. Could I use that instead of making my own popcorn , then drizzling it with the extra chocolate? Or would it be too sweet? I cant wait to make this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. If I meet you someday, I might kiss you. At the very least a hug. I do this the ghetto way. Eat a bite of popcorn, eat a bite of Snickers. But this, this is amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  20. Mary

    These look amazing but I have a question. Everytime I pour something over popped corn, the popcorn starts to deflate and leaves me with a lot of kernels. Do I need to let the popcorn cool first?

  21. I made this for my Snicker’s-obsessed father for Christmas and it was DELISH! Just one thing about the recipe… It says about 2 cups of kernals but I made 1 cup of kernals using an air popper and it was plenty. I noticed I had a little extra caramel but I used the mini Snickers instead of the Fun Size so that might have made a difference, too. Either way, it was awesome! Thanks!

  22. Sue Carroll

    Omg! Love this. I sell pecans of different flavor sand popcorn will fit right in! Always dreamed of a popcorn store. My husbands favorite candy bar too! Oh he’ll love this! Hey as far as the calories or fat… long as you eat in moderation you can eat what you want! Of course that means you can’t be a couch potatoe! Gotta get some excercize too!

  23. I made caramel corns using your recipe that were great but I made an improvisation in your recipe that I use MARS instead of Snickers because my children love mars. I Wants to say thanks for sharing this recipe my kids loved it.

  24. Kirsty

    Hey just wondering how many standard size snickers would 30 fun size be? I can’t find the fun size ones here in the uk. Thank you

  25. Danika

    Would like to point out the “add in baking soda” make sure when you start to stir it in, you are over the popcorn….. My stove is a huge MESS

  26. Lexi E

    I am quite a few years late to finding this recipe, but I have made it once already for an Academy Awards party and it was a huge hit! I am making it again for my sister’s bridal shower this weekend. How many days ahead do you think I could make it before getting soft?

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