Birthday Cake Popcorn

Right up until the eleventh hour, the PCP had requested rice krispie treats for his birthday snack at school.  And then, at the very last minute, he decided that he “actually” doesn’t like rice krispie treats (huh?  I’m questioning his parentage right about now seeing as Honey and I can tear through a pan in about twenty minutes flat.)  Instead, he wanted to take popcorn in for his class.  (This is the same child that took yogurt in one year.)  As soon as he said it, I remembered a birthday cake popcorn I read about a while back and I couldn’t wait to re-create it!  I'm also thinking this could be a great alternative for kids with allergies!

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Birthday Cake Popcorn (24 servings)
5 - 3oz. bags of microwave popcorn, popped.  I went all out here and bought the kind with so much faux butter that it pops yellow.
white chocolate candy melts – I used an entire 12oz. bag plus about half of another bag that I already had open
a little canola oil (or whatever you have…except probably olive as that just sounds wrong)
yellow cake mix
mini m&m’s

1. Melt your chocolate in the microwave according to the package directions.
2. Stir in a tablespoon or two of oil to thin it out some.  Then stir in 8 tablespoons-ish of the cake mix.  Try to get most of the lumps out.
3. In a large bowl, dump in your popcorn, a bunch of m&m’s and the chocolate mixture.  Stir well.  I had to do mine in two batches.
4. Spread the popcorn out in one layer over waxed paper.  Add sprinkles.  Let cool and then crumble into pieces.
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I had just enough blue paper cups left over from some party or another so I printed out large circle labels to decorate them and then loaded them up with the popcorn.

Easy peasy, pretty darn tasty and SO very cute!!  Oh, and rave reviews from the seven year old set… not that they’re really all that hard to impress.


  1. How fun! We have a birthday at the end of December & another mid-January. I'm thinking this will be just perfect! xo

  2. I've never made it with the cake mix but with the white chocolate alone it was so yummy!! I'll have to try it with the cake mix next time!!

  3. What a fun idea! So cute and I love the cups too!I am going to try this!

  4. This is a great idea! Love your blog so much. My first read each day!


  5. YUM! now i'm craving some!!! those look so good! and adorable!! thanks for putting the recipe up! i'm going to try to make this now... :)

  6. We made cookies and cream popcorn for our wedding favors. Plain popcorn, pour melted white chocolate over it, and then mix in crushed oreos. It was a hit, everyone loved it! They went on and on about it!

  7. OUr little one will have her two and a half birthday this weekend and she has just had her first taste of popcorn, which she LOVED. I think she might think this is wonderful!

  8. What a fun and yummy idea!

    hugs x

  9. what a great idea. I am having a holiday party this year and may have to use these as a treat to take home for my guests! You always have such great ideas.

  10. I would have never thought to make this, but it sounds SO good. Just pinned and can't wait to try.

  11. I made this for our neighborhood kids Christmas craft party yesterday and it was a hit! Thanks!
    Pam S.


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