Irresistible White Chocolate Lemon Popcorn

August 17, 2012

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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.

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Irresistible White Chocolate Lemon Popcorn

Brightly lemon flavored popcorn with a sweet white chocolate finish!
Servings: 10
Prep15 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


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  • Pamela S.


    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.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • Pamela

    Do you think the end result will be the same if I use microwaved popcorn?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • 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?


    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • Eva

    Did you salt your popcorn before adding the ingredients? This looks delicious.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      No I didn’t salt it. I don’t think it needs it. Hope you love it!

      • 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 :)

        • Jaclyn

          Jaclyn Bell

          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!

  • swati

    yummy popcorn! now all i need is an equally great movie to munch on these popcorns…

  • Cathleen

    What a delicious combination! I have only ever had the plain, butter popcorn. I think I need to broaden my horizons ;)