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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Chocolate Malt Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 4 quarts

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (1 Reviews)
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  • 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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18 comments on “Chocolate Malt Popcorn

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  3. PassTheKnifeposted August 26, 2014 at 11:16 am Reply

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

  4. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I love chocolate malt ANYTHING. Fabulous popcorn!

    Rating: 5
  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted August 25, 2014 at 10:54 am Reply

    I could snack on this all day!

  6. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm Reply

    I love this malted version! It looks really addicting!

  7. Cindyposted August 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm Reply

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

  8. Gabyposted August 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm Reply

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

  9. A Young Wifeposted August 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm Reply

    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!

  10. Susannah // Feast + Westposted August 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm Reply

    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!

  11. Erikaposted August 22, 2014 at 10:05 am Reply

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

  12. Heather Christoposted August 22, 2014 at 8:45 am Reply

    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!

  13. Jessica | Saucy Pearposted August 22, 2014 at 8:36 am Reply

    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!

  14. Marla Meridithposted August 22, 2014 at 8:07 am Reply

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

  15. Mariaposted August 22, 2014 at 7:45 am Reply

    This looks dangerous!

  16. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted August 22, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply

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

  17. Leah @ Whitefoot Blogposted August 22, 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

    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! :)

  18. Tieghanposted August 22, 2014 at 6:47 am Reply

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