Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

I have come to the conclusion that calories just don’t count during the holidays and that it’s okay to wear maternity pants for the next month or so, even if you aren’t pregnant. 🙂

I just have absolutely NO control when it comes to all these Christmas goodies! So, if you can’t beat them, join them! I am just going to enjoy all these treats and spend January making up for it.

My family loves to watch Christmas movies every weekend- all the classics, Hallmark Christmas specials, kids’ Christmas shows – I love them all! This is a perfect snack that you can make in large quantities that’s perfect for munching on while you drink hot cocoa and watch your favorite holiday movies. It’s also great for parties!

Serves: 10

Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 5 cups plain popcorn, popped
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
  • 1 cup M & M's chocolate candies
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts


  1. Pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the M & M's, pretzels, and peanuts. Spread out on a large jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet).
  3. Place white chocolate chips and shortening into a microwave-safe bowl.
  4. Cook for 45 seconds, remove from microwave, and stir. Continue cooking at 25 second intervals, stirring each time, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  5. Drizzle chocolate over popcorn mixture and gently mix until most pieces are covered with chocolate.
Recipe Type: Popcorn

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18 Responses to “Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe”

  1. Lorraine Carter
    Like Denni, I don't use the shortening. If you want extra flavor, butter is better, but does add the fat. Just the white chocolate works great. Change the add-ons for the holiday. Cinnamon hearts for Valentine's, green food coloring in the white chocolate for St. Pat's etc . Limited only by your imagination.
  2. Sara Hagen
    I'm glad all your recipes are on your blog 'cause I just bought your new 12 Days of Christmas book and I couldn't find this recipe (Sweet & Salty White Chocolate Popcorn) in it even though there is a picture of it on the cover of the book. I'll just print it out and glue it to the back page or something. Your new book is super cute! It's getting me excited about December! :)
  3. Heather M. Whipple
    how much un popped popcorn kernels equal 5 cups of popped popcorn? I think you pop your popcorn in a pan on the stove just like I do. Right? please let me know by sending me and e-mail at the address below. I am going to try using butter to help melt the white chocolate in a bowl set on a pan with an inch of boiling water.

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