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9 Sweet Popcorn Recipes That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Can you have popcorn for dessert? With these 9 sweet popcorn recipes, we say it’s totally possible!

Popcorn is a popular movie snack, but it can also be a dessert you can enjoy on date night, at your kid’s birthday party, or whenever you need a sweet pick-me-up. So if you’re looking for a sugary fix, try out these sweet popcorn recipes that you can make in minutes with your Popsmith Popper:

1. Kettle Corn

If we could only eat one type of sweet popcorn forever, we’d pick kettle corn. It’s not too overpowering to give you a toothache — it’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty. 

And guess what? You don’t have to wait for the next county fair to get your hands on it. All you need to make authentic kettle corn at home is the Popper and our Classic Kettle Popcorn Kits. 

a person reaches for a handful of kettle corn

The Popper prevents burnt and unpopped kernels thanks to its stainless steel construction, multi-clad metal bottom, and patented spinning mechanism while our pre-measured popcorn kits ensure you get the right sugar-to-salt ratio every time. 

2. Caramel Corn  

a closeup of caramel corn

Next up, we’ve got caramel corn, aka kettle corn’s more intense cousin. If kettle corn is crisp and has a light sugary glaze, caramel corn is coated in a thick caramel sauce that makes it a little more chewy.

You’ll typically need butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup (or maple syrup) to create the caramel sauce. It can be tricky to get the consistency right at first, but once you master it, we know you’ll be making caramel corn regularly. 

Related: Kettle Corn vs. Caramel Corn: The Ultimate Showdown 

3. Peanut Butter Popcorn

peanut butter popcorn in several bowls

Another sweet and salty popcorn you’ll love is peanut butter popcorn. You only need a few ingredients for this, and they’re likely already in your kitchen — peanut butter, honey, sugar, and salt. Enjoy it as is, or top it with pecans or melted dark chocolate for double the indulgence.

4. Marshmallow Popcorn

Marshmallow popcorn is a lot like rice krispies, only instead of cereal, you’re of course using popcorn as a base. Some people might find the gooey-ness messy but we think that’s part of this sweet popcorn’s appeal. This is an awesome treat to whip up for sleepovers or a movie night in your backyard. 

5. Birthday Cake Popcorn

man shows off birthday cake popcorn served in a popcorn popper

Know anyone with a birthday coming up? Instead of the usual birthday cake, try surprising them with birthday cake popcorn. It’s literally a sweet gesture they’ll never forget! 

And the best part is you don’t need any baking skills for this. Birthday cake popcorn is essentially a fusion of kettle corn and marshmallow popcorn. The only other ingredients you need to add are white cake mix and sprinkles, for a festive touch.

This sweet popcorn is so fun and easy to make that you don’t have to reserve it for birthday parties. Serve it for date night, game night, or even on a random Saturday afternoon if you want!

6. Chocolate Popcorn

chocolate drizzled popcorn in a bowl

If you want to indulge in some truly decadent, this dessert popcorn is for you.

Simply make popcorn in a stovetop popcorn popper, drizzle melted chocolate over it (your choice between milk, dark, or white chocolate), and top it with a sprinkle of salt. You can even add chopped nuts or use different kinds of chocolate at once for extra richness. 

Cop our recipe for chocolate drizzled popcorn here.

7. Cinnamon Popcorn

cinnamon popcorn in a bowl with ground cinnamon below it

Eating cinnamon popcorn is like receiving a hug — it makes you feel all warm and cozy inside.

You only need a few ingredients to make the seasoning for your cinnamon popcorn, such as ground cinnamon, sugar, salt, and ghee (to let it stick to the popcorn). Just sprinkle this over freshly popped popcorn, and you’ll have something to serve at your holiday gatherings or enjoy on a cold rainy evening. 

8. S'mores Popcorn

S’mores popcorn is so wickedly good. This twist on a classic campfire snack may not be the most healthy popcorn around, but if we’re talking about cheat day treats, you’ll want it on your list! 

The combo of melted chocolate, mini marshmallows, graham crackers, and crunchy popcorn is an absolute dream come true for anyone with a major sweet tooth.

9. Oreo Popcorn

popcorn topped with oreo cookies

This sweet popcorn is a must-try for anyone who loves Oreos and counts popcorn as their favorite snack. It’s really easy to make, too. You just need to make a batch of popcorn using your Popper, drizzle white chocolate or chocolate melts over it, and top the popcorn with chopped Oreo cookies.

We share the exact ingredients and steps in this Oreo popcorn recipe.

A Snack and Dessert in One

These sweet popcorn ideas are proof that popcorn isn’t just a savory snack. It’s so versatile it can be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s crunchy kettle corn, spicy sriracha popcorn, or a popcorn snack mix

Which of these sweet popcorn recipes are you making first? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out our blog to learn how to make all of them step by step.

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