Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn

Sweet, salty, and crunchy. Delicious kettle corn and M&MS smothered in red velvet candy coating with white and milk chocolate drizzle.

Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn

Digging back in the archives again today, y’all.

This Red Velvet Popcorn first appeared on my blog in 2012. I whisked cake mix into white chocolate, coated microwave popcorn with the stuff, and took horrible photos. Bleh. With a popcorn cookbook under my belt, I’d say I’ve officially improved a lot in the popcorn department since then, and this recipe definitely needed a makeover.

I tried to work off of my original recipe with the white chocolate and cake mix, but I just wasn’t loving it. I knew it could be SO much better if I tweaked it a little.

The first change I made is a popcorn swap. Instead of using microwave or air popped popcorn, I used bagged kettle corn. If you can get your hands on some of this, it really does make the best popcorn munch on the planet. The sweet, crunchy sugar coating on kettle corn pairs so nicely with a smooth chocolate. Plus, the sugary coating keeps the popcorn from getting soggy or stale from any moisture the chocolate may impart before hardening.

You could, of course, make your own kettle corn. But I’ve always been happy with this bagged kettle corn from Boom Chicka Pop (found at Target) in this recipe, and it makes things so easy!


Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn

Next, I decided to completely abandon the idea of mixing a dry cake mix into the chocolate coating. The flavor wasn’t strong enough, the texture got a little wacky, and (most importantly) there’s a much better alternative available…

Red Velvet Candy Melts by Wilton.

I found mine at Michaels, but you could also order them online. And if that’s too much of a hassle (trust me, I get it), I’ll give you a couple of alternate suggestions in the recipe box.

But if you can get some, buy a couple of bags! This limited edition flavor is delicious, and I thought it was perfect over popcorn.

Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn

If you’ve been around Something Swanky before, you know I love candy melts. I mean, of course I love and prefer good high quality REAL chocolate. Of course.

But I also think melting candy has it’s place when it comes to making confections. Melting candy does exactly what it says it will do: MELT. It melts smoothly and easily, with very little risk of burning or seizing, even in the microwave. It cools quickly and won’t melt on your hands after it’s hardened. And it comes in lots of fun colors and flavors. While I wouldn’t pick them for chocolate chip cookies, I do think they are the best option for coating, dipping, and candy making of all sorts.

I highly recommend stashing a few bags of chocolate and white to have on hand for dessert making. I love Ghirardelli Wafers, and I can usually find them at Target and Walmart by the chocolate chips. And if you’re wondering what you would use them for, here are a few ideas: this, this, this, this, and this.

Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn

Ok. Back to this popcorn!

So far we have kettle corn and red velvet chocolate.

As if that wasn’t good enough, we’re also adding in M&MS (because, duh.) and a drizzle of white chocolate and milk chocolate. Voila! All done.

This popcorn comes completely together in less than half an hour, cooling time and all. You can package it up to give away or you can put it in a big bowl for guests! Cute, easy, and delicious all rolled up into one.

Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn


Sweet, salty, and crunchy. Delicious kettle corn and M&MS smothered in red velvet candy coating with white and milk chocolate drizzle.


1 bag Boom Chicka Pop kettle corn

12 ounces Red Velvet Wilton's candy melts

1 cup M&Ms

1/4 white chocolate candy melts

1/4 cup milk chocolate candy melts


Melt the red velvet candy melts in a large bowl according the the package directions. Stir until smooth.

Gently fold in the popcorn. Stir until completely coated.

Mix in the M&MS.

Spread mixture on a large sheet of parchment or silicone baking mat.

Melt the chocolate and white chocolate baking melts according to package directions. Drizzle over the popcorn.

Allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces and serving or packaging.

If you can't find Red Velvet Melting Wafers, don't despair! Here are a couple of other options for making Red Velvet Popcorn:

  • You could coat the popcorn in white chocolate and toss it in Red Velvet crumbs, like this.
  • You could coat the popcorn in white chocolate and then give it a powdered sugar/cake mix coating, like these Red Velvet Muddy Buddies.

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Red Velvet Tuxedo Popcorn


If you love popcorn, boy have you come to the right place!! Check out some of my favorite munchy recipes:

Easy Caramel Corn

Easy Caramel Corn

Samoas Popcorn

Samoas Popcorn

Classic Kettle Corn

Classic Kettle Corn

Peanut Butter Snickers Popcorn

Peanut Butter Snickers Popcorn

Click here for more popcorn recipes.

And be sure to check out my cookbook, Party Popcorn!


Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.