Irresistible White Chocolate Lemon Popcorn


Someone please take this popcorn from me, I can’t resist it =)! How I love specialty popcorn. This is definitely one of my new favorites. It taste like lemon cream pie, in sweet, crunchy, popcorn form. Basically, it’s literally¬†irresistible.

The method of preparing this popcorn recipe may seem a bit odd. That is due to the way the oils and acidity of the lemon juice and zest react with the white candy melts. I made four different batches, knowing ahead of time what I was getting into. I thought the lemon juice probably would cause the white candy melts to seize up after melting and they did. I wasn’t sure if the lemon zest would do it too, but it did. So, I found the best method was as listed. I coated the popcorn in the plain white candy melts¬†without¬†mixing the lemon juice and zest into the candy melts. Then while the coating over the popcorn was still moist I added the lemon zest so it would stick well, then I let the coating dry a bit before adding the juice so it would kind of create a shell over the popcorn so the lemon juice wouldn’t make it soggy and stale, and just be absorbed into a few pieces of popcorn. Then lastly, I baked it to create a perfect crunch, and again to get rid of the of any stale-like popcorn.

The entire family loved this popcorn! I’m definitely going to be trying it in a lime version too. Enjoy!

Oh and I thought I better mention, I took these photos just before baking the popcorn (because I didn’t decide to bake it until after taking the pictures) so the finished product should look a bit more golden.


Irresistible White Chocolate Lemon Popcorn


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernals
  • 12 oz . white candy melts (such as Wilton)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Pop popcorn in a popcorn popper, according to manufacturer's directions, into a very large bowl. Melt white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, on 50% power, in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour melted white candy melts over popcorn and toss with a rubber spatula until evenly coated. Sprinkle lemon zest over popcorn and toss until evenly distributed.
  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Allow coated popcorn to dry at room temperature, about 10-15 minutes, then drizzle lemon juice over popcorn and toss well to evenly coat. Spread popcorn onto a rimmed cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes until lightly golden. Allow popcorn to cool completely, store in an airtight container or large ziploc bag (note: this is best enjoyed the day it's made or one day following).
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: This really does look irresistible! If only I could take this to the movie theater! August 17, 2012 at 11:43pm Reply

  • Cathleen: What a delicious combination! I have only ever had the plain, butter popcorn. I think I need to broaden my horizons ;) August 19, 2012 at 7:33am Reply

  • swati: yummy popcorn! now all i need is an equally great movie to munch on these popcorns… August 19, 2012 at 9:07am Reply

  • suzanne anderson: It’s crack to a sugar addict. Completely addictive January 6, 2013 at 10:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you think so =), thanks for your comment! January 6, 2013 at 12:04pm Reply

  • Julie: Thank you for sharing, going to make this tonight,sound’s delicious :) February 20, 2013 at 1:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Julie =)! February 20, 2013 at 8:27pm Reply

      • Julie: Hi Jaclyn

        I had to come back and tell you that I got around in making the White Chocolate Lemon Popcorn last weekend,my husband enjoyed it that much he wanted me to make more the same night. We are both hooked on it :) February 27, 2013 at 1:48pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Julie – I’m so glad I’ve gotten you hooked =)! That’s great to hear you enjoyed this so much, thanks for coming back to leave a comment! March 1, 2013 at 9:30pm Reply

  • Eva: Did you salt your popcorn before adding the ingredients? This looks delicious. May 6, 2013 at 8:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No I didn’t salt it. I don’t think it needs it. Hope you love it! May 6, 2013 at 8:59pm Reply

  • Ana: Looks like an amazing recipe! Just wondering if putting the popcorn in the ovenwould cause the candy melts/ white chocolate that has hardened on the popcorn to melt from the heat?

    XO June 18, 2013 at 7:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s strange how it works, but now it doesn’t melt off the popcorn – not sure the exact science of what’s going on so it may melt for a moment but then harden, basically it just helps the popcorn to not be stale to bake it. June 19, 2013 at 7:57pm Reply

  • Pamela: Do you think the end result will be the same if I use microwaved popcorn? June 19, 2013 at 10:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be fine but I would go with one that is lightly buttered or not buttered at all, I’d also look for one with light or no salt. June 20, 2013 at 8:15pm Reply

  • Pamela S.: Greetings,

    I’ve made this recipe twice and I absolutely love the taste. The problem I’m having is the texture. It loses the crunch after the lemon and chocolate is added. I thought it would regain somewhat of a crunch after taking it from the oven, but no luck. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. July 30, 2013 at 7:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I might try baking it longer. I’ve been making several batches of crunchy caramel popcorn and they take quite a while in the oven to get crunchy. Just toss every 15 minutes. August 11, 2013 at 7:03pm Reply

  • Karleu: Looks awesome! Want to try make it, but I am not sure if it is 275 degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit? Thanks! September 26, 2014 at 4:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is Fahrenheit. I hope you love it Karleu! September 26, 2014 at 9:06am Reply

  • Anonymous: Can white chocolate morsels (like Nestle morsels) be used instead of candy melts? December 20, 2014 at 4:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No I wouldn’t recommend the morsels, they don’t melt as smoothly as the candy melts plus they are more oily so you’ll likely end with stale popcorn. December 20, 2014 at 11:41am Reply

      • Sherry-Lynne K: Thanks!! I’m making dessert baskets for Christmas gifts tomorrow and am excited to try a couple if your popcorn recipes to put in them!! :) December 20, 2014 at 2:31pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I hope you love them! December 21, 2014 at 12:06am Reply

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