Fill up your beach pail with crunchy peanut butter popcorn that’s coated in sandy looking cookie crumbs and speckled with homemade chocolate sea shells. This Beach Party Popcorn will make a festive treat for your pool party or beach themed events.
I made this fun Beach Party Popcorn for my nephew’s beach themed graduation party and it was one of his favorite treats on the dessert table.
It love adding peanut butter to my white chocolate popcorn. It adds a creaminess and lovely peanut flavor that is heavenly. Being there were so many desserts served at the party, there was still popcorn in the pail at the end of the event. My nephew and his friends finished it off later that night and he told me how much everyone loved it.
What’s not to love about creamy peanut butter blended with white chocolate tossed with popcorn and some cookie crumbs? Oh, and the added sweetness of homemade chocolate sea shells and starfish made the sweet snack even better.
If you are having a beach themed party or a pool party, then this recipe is a must. The popcorn looks great served in a beach pail, but could simply be served on a flat tray too. It would even be fun to display the popcorn under a cake or a stack of beach themed cookies.
One of the best things about this recipe is it’s simplicity. It wont take long to make a huge bowl of this popcorn. It is so easy.
To make this popcorn you can use pure white chocolate or white confectionery coating (candy melts.) You can find detailed information about melting these two types of white chocolate on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
Once you’ve melted the white chocolate, you’ll stir in creamy peanut butter and a pinch of salt.
You’ll need to reserve a small amount of the peanut butter chocolate for later, so scoop 2 tablespoons into a small bowl then pour the rest over the popped popcorn, and quickly, but gently, toss to coat.
Pour the popcorn out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread it into an even layer.
Immediately, while the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle cookie crumbs all over the popcorn.
I crushed up some store bought butter cookies to sprinkle over my popcorn, but any tan colored cookie or graham cracker will work fine to create the look of sand.
Pop the pan in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until the candy coating hardens. Remove it and break the popcorn into chunks.
Now pop the reserved peanut butter chocolate into the microwave and heat for 10 seconds then use it as “glue” to attach chocolate sea shells and starfish to the popcorn.
You can find the recipe and step-by-step tutorial for making the chocolate sea shells, here. If you don’t want to make them by hand, you can use candy coated chocolate sea shells instead. They are available on Amazon.com along with other items you will need to make this popcorn. (commission earned for sales)
Beach Party Popcorn – Peanut Butter Popcorn Sprinkled with Cookie Crumbs and Chocolate Sea Shells
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 14 ounces white chocolate or white candy melts
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup sandy colored cookie
- 30-40 small chocolate sea shells
- Pour the popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
- Melt and temper white chocolate or simply melt the candy melts.*
- Stir in creamy peanut butter and a pinch of salt.
- Reserve 2 tablespoons of peanut butter chocolate mixture for later use.
- Pour the remaining chocolate over the popcorn.
- Toss to coat.
- Spread into an even layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with cookie crumbs.
- Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove and break popcorn into chunks.
- Reheat the reserved peanut butter chocolate then use it as glue to attach chocolate shells to the popcorn.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- *See melting instructions on Hungry Happenings' Chocolate Making Tips Page
You might also like to make some of these other fun beach themed treats for your pool party or beach event.
Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Chocolate Beach Pails • Butterscotch Crunch Starfish
Sandcastle Lollipops • Caramel Rice Krispie Turtles • Beach Party Popcorn
Under the Sea Popcorn • Beach Ball Cheesecakes • Under the Sea Gumdrops
Caramel Rice Krispie Treat Starfish • Chocolate Sea Shells • Rice Kripie Treat Dolphins
Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Palm Tree Cookies