Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn Recipe

An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 

Love to bake? Make your own Circus Animal Cookies to use in this recipe (use extra cookies for Circus Animal Cookie Balls). So tasty with homemade lemonade! See more party recipes here.

An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 

Made from a combination of buttery popcorn, white chocolate, and crushed Circus Animal Cookies, this popcorn hits all the right sweet and salty notes (and may tug at your heart strings in the process).

How many corn kernels should I pop?

Sometimes recipes call for popped corn. If you’re popping it yourself, how many kernels do you need?

  • 1 ounce / 2 tablespoons kernels = 1 quart of popped corn
  • 2 ounces / 1/4 cup kernels = 2 quarts of popped corn
  • 4 ounces / 1/2 cup kernels = 4 quarts of popped corn (1 gallon)
  • 1 quart = 4 cups
  • 2 quarts  8 cups

In this recipe, you pop the corn yourself starting with 1/2 cup kernels. So you’ll have 4 quarts, or about 1 gallon, of popped corn.

An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 

How to pop popcorn in the microwave:

You can make your own microwave popcorn by placing the unpopped kernels (2 tablespoons in a brown lunch sack is perfect) and microwave on full power for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes depending on the size and wattage.

It’s about the same as prepackaged microwave popcorn – when the popping slows down, remove the bag from the microwave, allow the steam to escape a bit before opening. Pour into a bowl and drizzle with butter.

Two tablespoons of kernels will equal 3 1/2 cups popped popcorn.

How to pop popcorn using the stove-top:

  1. Have a heavy-duty pan with a tight-fitting lid ready. You need to be able to lift it easily so you can shake it periodically while the kernels are popping.
  2.  Add 1-2 tablespoons high-heat oil (such as vegetable oil) to the pan. I like to add a single kernel with the oil – when that kernel pops, I know the oil is ready!
  3. Add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels. Stir with a wooden spoon to coat the kernels (or shake the pot) with the hot oil. Place lid on top and every 5 to 10 seconds or so, shake the pan.
  4. Once the popping slows down, remove from the heat and keep shaking until all the popping stops. Pour out into a bowl and drizzle with butter.

I use a smaller pot because it’s easier to handle (about 3 1/2 quarts). So, depending on the amount of kernels I’m popping, I often have to empty it halfway through. This takes a little practice, but overall I’d rather just handle a smaller pot.

How To Make Pink and White Circus Animal Popcorn:

This is really one of the easiest popcorn treats to make. The only “cooking” involved is popping the popcorn and melting the candy melts. The cookies are easy to crush using a rolling pin or food processor.

  1. Pop popcorn, place popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle with the melted butter. Toss well to coat and season with salt, to taste.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 
  2. Melt white and pink candy melts on 50% power for 30-60 second increments, until melted. Pour the white candy melts over the popcorn and stir gently to coat.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 
  3. Spread coated popcorn out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 
  4. Sprinkle with the crushed circus animal cookies.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 
  5. Drizzle with the pink candy melts.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 
  6. Sprinkle the nonpareils over the popcorn and place somewhere cool and dry to allow popcorn to set up.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 
  7. Once candy melts have hardened, break popcorn up into small clumps and serve or store in airtight container until ready to eat.
    An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 

Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn Recipe

An easy recipe for Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that your kids will love! Great for school lunches, parties, or pure nostalgia. 

Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, popcorn
Servings 14 cups
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels plus oil for popping (stovetop method)
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • Salt to taste
  • 10-12 ounce bag white candy melts or almond bark
  • 1/2 cup bright pink candy melts
  • 1 cup pink and white circus animal cookies crushed
  • Rainbow nonpareils

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn kernels in an air popper or on the stovetop using package directions. Place popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle with the melted butter. Toss well to coat and season with salt, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Melt white and pink candy melts on 50% power for 30-60 second increments, until melted. Pour the white candy melts over the popcorn and stir gently to coat. Spread coated popcorn out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with the crushed circus animal cookies, then drizzle with the pink candy melts. Sprinkle the non-pareils over the popcorn and place somewhere cool and dry to allow popcorn to set up.
  3. Once candy melts have hardened, break popcorn up into small clumps and serve or store in airtight container until ready to eat.

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