Homemade Gooey Chocolate Popcorn

Some readers have asked for this recipe since I “teased” about it in a recent e-mail, so here it is. My great-grandmother, Rebecca Jane Poorman, clipped it out of a newspaper many decades ago. No one is sure when, but it’s now in its 5th generation in our family. Growing up, it was our absolute favorite snack for family movie night (which was a treat in itself, since we didn’t watch much TV). It is not crunchy like caramel popcorn, but you eat it warm, sticky and gooey. My dad used to make a big bowl of it, then dole it out into smaller bowls for each person. Enjoy!

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Popcorn

  • Total Time: 35 minutes


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  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • pinch of salt
  • butter “the size of an egg” (about 3 T.)
  • 1 T. cocoa
  • 12 tsp. vanilla
  • 68 c. plain popped popcorn


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients except popcorn and vanilla.
  2. Cook over medium heat about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a drop of syrup placed in cold water forms a ball (“soft ball stage”).
  3. Add vanilla. Stir well and pour hot syrup over popped corn, stirring to coat evenly.
  4. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min

Keywords: old-fashioned chocolate popcorn, popcorn, chocolate popcorn, homemade popcorn, chocolate

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Terry Lynn Empey
Terry Lynn Empey
12 years ago

Thanks – I’ve been thinking about this since I read the article!

Tonya Robertson
Tonya Robertson
12 years ago


Rebecca S Workinger
12 years ago

I made this last night and even though it’s an old fashion recipe I microwaved it for 8 minutes stirring several times and dropped in the cold water for soft ball. Then I microwaved the popcorn in my popper for 2:22 minutes great
no oil no salt and tasted so good so chocolate yum yum.

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