Pastel Popcorn

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This easy treat is perfect spring gatherings.

Pastel Popcorn
Photo:

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Servings:
6

This sweet and salty popcorn is the perfect springtime treat for everything from Easter egg hunts and Easter dessert ideas to hostess gifts presented in a beautiful tin with bright spring ribbon. It’s also a really fun goodie bag idea for children’s birthday parties!

This recipe is eye-catching and appears timely, but it only takes a few minutes, and it’s especially fun to prepare with the entire family - especially kids! All you have to do is spread popcorn on a sheet pan, melt white chocolate chips, create your favorite pastel shades using food coloring, and drizzle the entire pan of popcorn before hardening everything in the fridge for just a few minutes.

In no time at all, you’ll be reaping the rewards, snacking on this vibrant pastel popcorn. Once you experience the crunch of popcorn with smooth bites of creamy white chocolate, with little surprise tastes of flaky salt and nonpareils, you’ll instantly add this recipe to your collection of springtime go-to’s!

Pastel Poprcorn

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Ingredients

  • 1 ( 4.8-oz. bag ) popped popcorn (such as Angie's Boom Chicka Pop) (about 18 cups)

  • 1 ( 12-oz. bag ) white chocolate chips

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

  • Liquid food coloring (yellow, pink, blue, green, purple)

  • 2 tsp. nonpareils

  • 1 tsp. flaky salt

Directions

  1. Pour out popcorn:

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread popcorn on prepared baking sheet in a single layer.

  2. Melt white chocolate:

    Add white chocolate chips and coconut oil to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add food coloring to white chocolate:

    Evenly divide melted chocolate into 5 small bowls. Place 2-3 drops of each color in a bowl to form pastel shades of yellow, pink, blue, green, and purple.

    Coloring White Chocolate

    When adding food coloring to white chocolate, be careful to not add too much, or the chocolate can seize (become hard and grainy). A drop or two should be plenty.

  4. Drizzle chocolate and sprinkles:

    Drizzle pastel chocolate over popcorn from darkest to lightest shade: purple, blue, pink, green, yellow. Immediately sprinkle with nonpareils and flaky salt.

    Pastel Popcorn

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

  5. Let chocolate harden:

    Chill popcorn, uncovered, until white chocolate is hardened, about 10-20 minutes. When firm, break apart popcorn, transfer to a bowl, and serve. Store leftover popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

    Pastel Popcorn

    Catlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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