Trail Mix Popcorn with Dried Berries, Nuts, & Chocolate


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Here’s a really quick recipe for a delicious Trail Mix Popcorn snack. National Popcorn Day is January 19th so get your recipes ready! Many thanks to the Popcorn Board for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine. #PopItAndTopIt

Trail Mix Popcorn

Trail Mix Popcorn with Dried Berries, Nuts, & Chocolate

Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks. Not only is popcorn a healthy whole grain low in fat and calories, it’s also cheap and easy to make too. All of those combos make it a winner in my book! And if you’re a gardener, popcorn is also super fun to grow! Just make sure you pay attention to pollination times as it can cross with sweet corn and that makes a really funny combo. 😉

trail mix popcorn #popitandtopit

The recipe I’m sharing with you is a huge crowd pleaser at my house. It takes very little time to make and is devoured in minutes. If you make a quick pan in the morning and save it for your kids, they will love you! Have a pan ready for your kids today.

Let’s make it!

Trail Mix Popcorn with Dried Berries, Nuts & Chocolate ingredients

First, gather your ingredients and pop the corn. It’s so easy to pop your own popcorn. This recipe uses 1/3 cup popcorn kernels popped in 1 TBS coconut oil. Coconut oil is THE BEST oil for popping popcorn, in my opinion. It just give the popcorn such a nice flavor. I use Coconut Infusions with butter flavor and it’s delicious. After your popcorn is popped, but it on sheet pan lined with parchment paper, top with nuts and berries {or twigs and berries as my husband says}.

hillbilly double boiler

Then, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, make your own by putting two pots inside one another {like my hillbilly double boiler in the picture above}. Put in a little bit of water in the bottom pot – not enough that it will get inside the top pot, but enough that you can bring it to a boil and keep it that way for a few minutes. Put the chocolate chips in the top pot and melt the chocolate chips over medium heat stirring the whole time. As soon as the chocolate is melted, pour it over the popcorn. FIVE MINUTES, guys! That is all it takes. Promise!

Let the chocolate harden for an hour or two and then enjoy. Or, if you don’t mind a mess, dig in right away. 

Trail Mix Popcorn with Dried Berries, Nuts & Chocolate

Trail Mix Popcorn with Dried Berries, Nuts & Chocolate
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tbs coconut oil {I used Coconut Infusions with butter flavor}
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 cups dried fruit {I used cranberries, cherries, and blueberries}
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chip
  • sea salt


  1. Pop popcorn in coconut oil and then put the popcorn on a sheet pan or parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle the nuts and dried fruit on the popcorn.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  5. Let the chocolate harden.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1136Total Fat: 77gSaturated Fat: 24gSodium: 896mgCarbohydrates: 103gSugar: 58gProtein: 23g

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Here are some questions you might have about popcorn!

Is popcorn low carb?

There are 21 g of carbs in 1 oz of popcorn which make it a moderately low carb snack if you are mindful of the amount of popcorn you eat in one day. If you are on the keto diet, you can eat popcorn, but you will have to cut carbs elsewhere.

Is popcorn GMO?

Popcorn is non-GMO and as far as the Popcorn Board is aware, no GMO popcorn exists or is available for sale in the US or internationally.

What about microwave popcorn?

Diacetyl (the really yucky stuff that used to be in microwave popcorn) was removed in 2006 , and since then most companies have also removed PFOAs from their microwave popcorn packaging.

Is popcorn gluten free?

Popcorn is gluten-free and does not contain wheat, rye, or barley gluten, so many people with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergies can eat popcorn.

How do you plan to celebrate National Popcorn Day? Many thanks to the Popcorn Board for sponsoring this post! 

Trail Mix Popcorn with dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate. A quick, healthy, and easy snack your kids will love!

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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