Snickers Popcorn

This Snickers Popcorn is our favorite movie night snack!

Snickers Popcorn in a paper-lined basket

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

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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 200°
  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.

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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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Nov 10, 2017 9:33 pm

so easy to make and it really is addictive….i can’t walk in the kitchen without grabbing a handful……#ripdiet

Lexi E
May 24, 2017 2:11 am

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?

Jul 8, 2016 9:37 pm

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

May 13, 2016 1:17 pm

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

Aug 20, 2015 12:49 pm

Bought some of this at a bake sale today! Delish!

May 12, 2015 11:00 am

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.

Sue Carroll
Apr 16, 2015 9:48 am

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!

Dec 19, 2014 3:25 pm

If i were to duplicate this recipe using bags of microwaveable popcorn how many bags do you think i would need? Thanks so much!

Dec 17, 2014 7:39 am

Such a great idea! I’m going to try it today.

Sep 17, 2014 3:09 pm

I made this today for our teacher appreciation day;what a hit. Everyone LOVED it

Francesca Malliaros
May 28, 2014 8:41 am

I am struggling to find corn syrup in South Africa, what can I substitute?

Jul 29, 2021 12:45 am
Reply to  Shelly

No, oil is totally different from corn syrup! You can look up corn syrup substittions on Google, like Rogers Goldeb syrup, even honey would be better.

Dec 28, 2013 10:31 am

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!

Dec 13, 2013 3:06 am

It’s fantastic that you are getting ideas from this paragraph as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

Oct 10, 2013 9:40 pm

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?

Jul 12, 2013 5:55 am

I will have to make this when there are a few people around otherwise I will eat the whole lot myself!

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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