With both the kids in school now and the season of classroom parties upon us I’ve been searching for treat ideas. As much as I LOVE making sugar cookies there are really only so many I can make, especially with two kids and two classes of twenty kids! I needed something fun, yet not labour intensive and ideally something the kids could help me with. I mean if it’s for their classes why not have them help out with it? Then the idea of a fun Halloween popcorn popped, ha, into my head. Get it? Popped? Ok I’m done with the “mom” jokes.
I’ve seen fun popcorn mixes with different candies and other surprises mixed in, and I’m a huge fan. I love both salty and sweet when it comes to treats so with having a fun Halloween popcorn mix you get the both of best worlds. I wanted to take mine up a notch from just adding mix ins to the popcorn to giving my popcorn a bit of flavour. So I opted to lightly coat my popcorn with melted chocolate, hello chocolate covered popcorn!!
Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Popcorn
One might back away at this idea thinking it would be difficult but no, it was super easy, again something the kids could help with. I used white chocolate candy melts that are found in the bulk section of most grocery stores. Once the chocolate was melted I added a bit of colouring to it to give it the orange and black colours and then simply tossed my popcorn in it. Once the popcorn was cooled and the chocolate was set I mixed in our other treats to make our Halloween popcorn and voila it was done. Total time was less than an hour to make the batch.
- 2 packages plain microwave popcorn popped
- 2 cups white chocolate candy melts
- 2 cups pretzel sticks
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup smarties
- orange and black food colouring
- Pop your two packages of microwave popcorn, setting aside to cool
- Once cooled empty one bag into a large mixing bowl and remove any unpopped kernels
- In a metal bowl, melt 1 cup of your candy melts over boiling water, stir continuously to ensure chocolate doesn’t burn.
- Once chocolate is completely melted remove from heat and mix in a few drops of orange food colouring, mix thoroughly
- Pour your orange melted chocolate over the popcorn in your large mixing bowl, tossing to coat
- Spread your popcorn mixture over a parchment lined baking sheet to cool and let the chocolate harden
- Repeat the above steps again with your remaining bag of popcorn and the remaining 1 cup of candy melts, this time using the black food colouring
- Once both baking sheets of popcorn have cooled and the chocolate is hard, pour into a large clean mixing bowl and gently break up an large clusters of popcorn
- Pour in remaining ingredients and gentle mix
A fun kids Halloween Party set up
Be sure to check out these other fun Halloween ideas:
Loving Littles Blog – Ghost Cookies
Creative Wife and Joyful Worker – Soda Stream Orangecicle drink