This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine.
This easy White Chocolate Popcorn with Cake Mix makes a delicious sweet and salty treat that is perfect for holiday snacking and gifting!
Crunchy popcorn is coated in a mix of creamy white chocolate and dry cake mix to make a festive dessert that barely even needs a recipe. So simple!
The holidays are a little bit different this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t set out to make them feel special.
With just a little effort, we can make spending time with family at home feel like the holiday parties of years past. And it’s the perfect time to let those you love know you care with thoughtful touches and little gifts.
This easy recipe for Cake Batter White Chocolate Popcorn can do double duty as a sweet snack or edible gift making it perfect for the holiday season.
Growing up, my mom always made treats to have out in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It created a celebratory feeling in our home even though it was usually just my immediate family.
Making a batch of this simple sweet popcorn is quick and easy. And making a few batches for sharing with others doesn’t require much extra effort.
I recently learned that the floral department of my local Albertsons store is a goldmine for holiday preparation! From seasonal bouquets (that can be broken down to create smaller ones!) to festive candles, you need to check it out on your next trip.
Expert event planner Debi Lilly has a line of giftable goods and home decor, exclusive to the Albertsons family of stores, that will help you elevate your holiday, easily and affordably.
Eariler this week I got to meet Debi as she virtually hosted a holiday entertaining event. She shared fun inspiration and tips for celebrating at home and it really put me in the mood to level up the holidays.
She developed her versatile pieces to allow shoppers to create beautiful entertaining experiences and find thoughtful gifting ideas at an affordable cost and easily available to everyone at Albertsons.
I shopped at Albertsons in my local area, but you can also find the exclusive brands, include Debi Lilly Designs at the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.
While most of the stores also offer Grocery Delivery or DriveUp&Go™, I prefer to shop in store to see all the unique pieces in the floral department.
Albertsons and the debi lilly design™ products truly make it THE place to shop for everything you need to make the holidays special.
Whether you need items to host a party, small seasonal home decor pieces, holiday baking and cooking essentials or beautiful, or high-quality gift ideas, Albertsons has everything you need at a value.
Gather your holiday supplies
It’s not a party without red plastic cups and the Signature SELECT™ brand is super affordable and great quality.
Limited edition seasonal products like Snickerdoodle coffee creamer from Lucerne® and Signature SELECT Kona Blend coffee are great for any holiday drop-ins that might happen. Or it can just be a yummy treat for yourself to help make spirits bright.
Pick up a few holiday candles and bouquets to make your home feel festive or keep them ready for gift giving.
With a little creativity, Debi Lilly Design products can be used in all kinds of ways. The vases can hold flowers, but they can also be a great way to deliver some delicious treats to neighbors. You can even use them as drinking glasses!
How to make White Chocolate Popcorn
Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and more detailed instructions.
To make this treat you’ll need lightly salted popcorn. The easiest way to get a large amount of popcorn without having to make it is to use pre-popped popcorn bags found in the chip aisle. (That’s really a time-saver, especially if you are making a bunch of batches).
You could also use an air-popper and make your own. In my Caramel Corn Recipe, I usually use a microwave air popper but it takes several rounds to get enough.
White cake mix is a wonderful flavor addition. You only need a small amount so one box can easily make several batches. (I love using cake mix in my desserts! It’s truly an over-looked “spice”).
Signature SELECT White Chocolate Baking Chips are tasty! When melted and mixed with the cake mix, the flavor is subtle and sweet and delicious on the popcorn.
To make the white chocolate popcorn extra festive, I grabbed O Organics® chocolate chips, and Signature SELECT Food Coloring and Rainbow Sprinkles.
While I made the cake mix popcorn holiday themed, you can make it fit any occasion or time of year.
There are two helpful products that will make creating this holiday treat super easy.
A large disposable baking dish makes stirring the popcorn a breeze that you can just toss when you’re done. No pan clean up is awesome!
Signature SELECT Wax Paper ensures that the popcorn won’t stick to the cookie sheets as it dries. And again, makes clean up super simple.
Add the popped popcorn to a large disposable pan. Since I decided I wanted to make 2 colors, I reserved a small portion of popcorn in another bowl.
In a microwave safe glass bowl add your white chocolate chips. Follow the melting instructions on the package if there are any.
I put mine in for 30 seconds and then stirred. I put it back in for 15-second intervals stirring each time. You don’t want to overheat the chocolate. It is done when there are still some clumps.
Just keep stirring and those clumps will melt.
Add the cake mix and stir well. It will change the consistency of the chocolate for a minute but if you keep stirring it should go back to looking like regular melted chocolate.
I poured most of the white chocolate on to the popcorn in the disposable baking dish, again reserving some to make another color.
Coat the popcorn
Gently stir to coat the popcorn with the white chocolate cake mix mixture. Try not to break up the popcorn as you stir but fold the melted chocolate onto the popcorn.
Try to scrape up any melted chocolate that falls to the bottom of the pan and that all of the popcorn is well coated.
Customize with color
With the remaining white chocolate, I added Signature SELECT green food coloring. I used about 6 drops and mixed it into the already melted white chocolate.
I added it to the bowl with the remaining popcorn and mixed well.
While White Chocolate Popcorn with Cake Mix is delicious on its own, you can add in anything you want.
I added O Organics Chocolate Chips and Signature SELECT Rainbow Sprinkles in green and red.
You could also use holiday themed candies, crushed peppermint candy canes, anything you want.
When adding toppings, be sure to press them into the wet chocolate to get them to stick as much as possible.
I think they look better when added after the popcorn is coated, but they stay better when mixed in with it. Keep that in mind and make a decision based on what you prefer.
Spread the chocolate coated popcorn out onto the wax paper lined cookie sheets. Try to get it into a single layer but the chocolate will make it sticky.
Let the white chocolate harden for about an hour.
Then just break it apart into yummy chunks!
What I love about the recipe is that the cake mix softens the flavor of the white chocolate. My kids aren’t big fans of white chocolate but there is something about the cake mix that tones it down.
Serve the popcorn
To serve, place it in a serving dish or bowl. The small Debi Lilly Design Glossy Christmas Glass Compote Dish is a great option. It’s a perfect party treat!
And if you scroll back up you can see how I used one of Debi Lilly’s Green Holiday Mason Jars as a way to gift it! I just put some popcorn in a cello bag and tucked it into the jar.
Not only would the recipient get a delightful snack, but they can also reuse the jar as a vase or serving dish.
Set out red plastic cups so your family or guests can serve themselves. I love using cups for parties. It keeps things so easy.
If you love popcorn treats, check out this candy coated popcorn also!
How to store the popcorn
Store the popcorn in an air-tight container. It should last for about 5 days. The moisture in the white chocolate can make the popcorn not as crunchy as it should be.
But the taste never fails!
Whether you’re adding to your holiday home decor or looking for the perfect gift, Albertsons has it all!
Check out the Debi Lilly Designs products in the floral department on your next shopping trip.
More fun family food ideas
- Make a Family Snack Board! This idea gathers the family for snack time together. It also makes a great appetizer for a game night in.
- Ice Cream Nachos aren’t just for summer! Albertsons has tasty, holiday-themed ice creams that you could include to make a decadent treat.
- A Pumpkin Trifle is a layered dessert your whole family will love! With drizzled caramel, nuts and pretzel pieces, this recipe is quick and delicious.
Cake Batter White Chocolate Popcorn
- 12 cups popped popcorn lightly salted
- 16 ounces white chocolate chips 1 1/4 bags
- 1/2 cup of dry white cake mix
- 1/4 cup sprinkles and add-ins like chocolate chips and colored sprinkles
- Place popped popcorn in a large disposable pan.
- Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe dish as per instructions on the package.
- If no specific instructions are given, start with 30 seconds, then stir. Continue cooking with 15-second intervals, stirring between each.
- Stop when there are still a few visible chocolate chunks. Stir until the chunks have melted.
- Add the dry cake mix and mix until incorporated. It will change the consistency of the chocolate for a minute but keep mixing and it will blend in.
- If using food coloring, add it now and stir to combine.
- Pour the white chocolate and dry cake mixture over the popcorn.
- Stir gently to evenly coat the popcorn.
- Spread the popcorn out on the wax paper-lined baking sheets. Top with sprinkles, chocolate chips or holiday candy.
- Press the add-ins into the sticky white chocolate popcorn with your hands.
- Let cool completely, then break the coated popcorn into smaller chunks.
- Store in an air-tight container. The coated popcorn should last for about 5 days.
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