Chocolate Malt Popcorn

Last week I shared my favorite go-to kettle corn recipe. This week I’m sharing a fun variation, a Chocolate Malt Popcorn Recipe. It’s a great back-to-school treat for the kids, and for those who are young at heart!

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Earlier this summer, Ava hosted a bake sale on our front lawn.

She woke up one Saturday morning and decidedly stated that it was a good day for a bake sale. I blinked at her a couple times, then remembered our neighborhood was hosting an annual event and there would be extra foot traffic all day. I walked to the pantry and started pulling out odds and ends… half-empty bags of chocolate chips, chopped nuts, sprinkles.

We found a large bag of popcorn kernels and it dawned on me that popcorn would be fast to make in mass.

We put a couple sheets of cookies in the oven and started popping corn. We made two of our standard favorites, Kettle Corn and Tex Mex Popcorn, yet as I was shuffling through the pantry I noticed I had a container of malted milk powder far in the back.

Light bulb!

Bake Sale

With a little powdered sugar and cocoa powder, we turned that malted milk into chocolate malt powder for dusting the popcorn.

We cooked the popcorn on the stovetop with a little more oil than normal so it was well coated once popped. Then we tossed the hot popcorn with the malted milk powder to create a snack with a sweet chocolatey malty crunch.

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Our Chocolate Malt Popcorn Recipe was a huge hit!

Ava packaged it in sandwich bags and charged a dollar a bag. She made a killing. So much in fact that she paid a few neighbor friends to assist her, and sent them in to instruct me to keep the popcorn coming.

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I forgave the impertinence… they were excited.

Plus, I may work for her someday, so I want to stay on her good side. *wink*

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Yield: 4 quarts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Chocolate Malt Popcorn Recipe


  • 3 Tb. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tb. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tb. malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup oil (vegetable oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil)
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels


  1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, cocoa, malted milk powder and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Place the oil and popcorn kernels in a large 6-8 quart heavy-bottomed pot with a lid. Shake the pot to cover the kernels in oil. Place the lid on the pot and open the vent. If your lid doesn't have a vent, offset the lid a little so there's a crack in the side.
  3. Place the pot over medium heat and wait for the kernels to start popping. The moment the kernels slow down and are about to stop popping, take the popcorn off the heat, so you don't burn the bottom, then pour the chocolate malt powder over the top and toss vigorously.
  4. Once well coated, store the popcorn in an airtight container for up to a week.

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17 Responses to “Chocolate Malt Popcorn”

  1. #
    Tieghan — August 22, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    This sounds so good. Perfect for back-to-school, snack and selling!


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    Leah @ Whitefoot Blog — August 22, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    First of all, I love that your daughter’s name is Ava, because that’s my sister’s name :) Second, I LOVE malted milk balls, so this sounds incredible! I will definitely have to try this! :)


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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 22, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    What an entrepreneur! No wonder it did so well–kettle corn is irresistible, and I love that you did a malt version. So fun!


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    Maria — August 22, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    This looks dangerous!


  5. #
    Marla Meridith — August 22, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    Great popcorn flavor & I LOVE that rustic farm table :)


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    Jessica | Saucy Pear — August 22, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    My dad loves popcorn AND malted anything. This seems like a great way to “pay” him for all those babysitting hours he’ll be racking up soon!


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    Heather Christo — August 22, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    hilarious- she is like my little Pia- a born entrepreneur! This popcorn looks so delicious. I am a popcorn fiend and I would never have thought of that chocolate malt powder- I love it!


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    Erika — August 22, 2014 @ 10:05 am

    Cute! I adore this… malted popcorn.. yes please!!!


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    Susannah // Feast + West — August 22, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    Love this! I used to host lemonade stands and bake sales with my neighborhood friends when I was a kid. A popcorn stand sounds so much like something I would do & this version looks so good. I just love malted chocolate!


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    A Young Wife — August 22, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

    This is calling my name! I wish I had popcorn kernels in the house because this would be my evening snack! Yum! Cannot wait to try this!


  11. #
    Gaby — August 22, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    This is right up my alley. I may have to make this for the weekend!


  12. #
    Cindy — August 23, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    All these years, and I have never tasted Malt. I can’t wait to try these.


  13. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 23, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

    I love this malted version! It looks really addicting!


  14. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 25, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    I could snack on this all day!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    I love chocolate malt ANYTHING. Fabulous popcorn!


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    PassTheKnife — August 26, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    What a yummy after school treat! I’d be giddy with anticipation to have this after school!



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