Linda's Chocolate Popcorn

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"I love making recipes with add-ins to my popcorn, and this one is sure to please young and old alike! You can add nuts too if you like them. I especially like peanuts, cashews and pecans with this recipe. This is great to have anytime. It's also great during the holidays, and the kids really love it! NOTE: Cooking time DOES NOT include time taken to pop popcorn."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (70 g)
  • Calories 289.6
  • Total Fat - 15.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 5.1 mg
  • Sodium - 181.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 35.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 18.4 g
  • Protein - 4 g
  • Calcium - 24.9 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Step 2

Place popped popcorn in a large roasting pan. Set aside.

Step 3

In a saucepan, over medium heat, cook sugar, corn syrup and butter, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until melted.

Step 5

Pour over popcorn, and mix together well.

Step 6

Put in oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Step 7

If adding nuts, do so now, and mix into mixture with a large spoon.

Step 8

Spoon onto waxed paper to cool, stir to separate.

Step 9

Store in a large plastic container or put into baggies.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We loved this popcorn, adding in colorful M&M's and pecans. The whole family enjoyed it very much!

review by:
(3 Nov 2020)


My son wanted some popcorn so I decided to make this for a special treat. We love it so much that next time I am going to double it so we get our fill. I may even make some more up for the kids stockings. Yes that is an excellent idea!

review by:
(20 Dec 2019)

Lets Eat

With Halloween coming up I wanted to try this on for size. I made a batch and it was so addictive! I added pecans in half the mixture and cashews in the other half. Both are amazing! My kids are going to love this for our Halloween party. I may sprinkle in some orange and yellow sprinkles at the end for added color too!

review by:
(5 Oct 2017)


I saw a bag of this in a store that sold for 8.00 I can't compare both because I never purchased the one from the store, I can say that I don't think there is anything better than this recipe, I advise everyone to make this wonderful treat, thanks LindsaBusyKitchen!

review by:
(8 Jan 2013)


Wonderful recipe! I made this with a large packet of lite butter microwave popcorn and it turned out great! So easy and makes for delicious snacking. I liked the oven method because it dries out the coating so they aren't sticky. I didn't use nuts. Made for the Billboard recipe tag game.

review by:
(27 Nov 2012)


First let me say this is yummy! I used cashews and pistachios for the nuts. The kids liked it as much as the adults and it's a great snack to have anytime. I put some in the little individual snack baggies and they were all gone fast. I got asked for the recipe by several of my friends and a girl at work. The kids won't let me forget this one. It's already on our shopping list to get the ingredients to make it again! Thank you!

review by:
(1 Nov 2012)