Dairy Free Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

A sweet take on popcorn that you can make at home.
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Looking for delicious chocolate drizzled popcorn? Or even better, a sweet dairy-free popcorn recipe, I’ve got you covered. This popcorn recipe can be made at home, making it way healthier than getting it out and about. Plus, this is a fun recipe that can be used for date night or to get your kids involved in the cooking process.

Not only can popcorn be a savory snack, but adding chocolate and cinnamon can make it sweet and salty! If you don’t want your recipe to be overly sweet, try using darker chocolate, around 80% or greater.

How To Make

Popcorn is one of the quickest and easiest recipes out there. This recipe uses a microwave and is a twist on classic microwave popcorn recipes. You can also make this at home instead of buying bagged popcorn to save loads of money.

To use a paper bag to make popcorn, add the kernels and oil to a paper bag and fold down the top a few times so it doesn’t pop open in the microwave. It cooks for the same take as a microwave bag or about 2:30. Don’t stray too far away and listen for the popping to stop.

My favorite method is using a microwave popper. It’s so easy and you dump the kernels into the vessel and that’s all! Easy clean-up, too.

A bag of popcorn can cost $3-4 for 4 servings, whereas a bag of kernels costs $5-6 for nearly 50 servings. The math is mathing!


You need only four main ingredients to make chocolate drizzled popcorn. Just a few ingredients make this recipe if you want something sweet but don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen.

chocolate drizzled popcorn ingredients
  • Popcorn kernels, any variety works
  • Olive oil instead of butter to make it vegan
  • Vegan chocolate chips. You can melt down a chocolate bar if you don’t have chocolate chips. Depending on the store, sometimes a bar is cheaper, too!
  • Maple syrup makes it sweet and sticky in a good way, like caramel corn.

How to Pop Popcorn At Home

Popping your kernels at home has many benefits and is way easier than you might think. Plus, making it at home is cheaper and isn’t likely to have dairy unless you add it yourself.

To cook your popcorn, you can prepare it in a few different ways. This recipe uses the microwave as the cooking method, but there are many ways to make popcorn at home.

  • Microwave- the quickest way
  • Air fried – the innovative way
  • Stovetop- the traditional way

Get Fancy!

If you want to step this up a notch or three, add it to a vegan charcuterie board or pair it with a vegan wine from Barnivore.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 4 min Cook Time 3 min Total Time 7 mins
Servings: 3



  1. Add the popcorn kernels and olive oil to a reusable microwave popcorn popper or a brown paper bag folded over many times. Give it a good shake to coat the kernels in oil. Cook for about 2-2:30 minutes, depending on your microwave heat settings. Once the pops are 2-3 seconds apart, carefully remove it from the microwave because it will be hot. 

  2. Once the kernels are popped, add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and heat them at 15-second intervals mixing in between until melted. 

  3. Drizzle the melted chocolate and maple syrup over the popped kernels and sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt. 

Keywords: dessert, popcorn, chocolate

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Rhyan Geiger

Registered Dietitian

Hi, I'm Rhyan an award-winning vegan dietitian in Phoenix, Arizona. I created this food blog as an offshoot of my company Phoenix Vegan Dietitian. Here at First Time Vegan, I share recipes that are easy and vegan. Grab a hot tea and stay a while. 

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