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Candied Vegetable Popcorn Mix

Candied Vegetable Popcorn Mix

A fun and delicious popcorn snack mix with candied carrots and golden beets, melted dark chocolate drizzle, and chocolate chunks.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 272kcal


  • 1 carrot large and wide
  • 1 golden beet
  • 1.5 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips divided
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush it with nonstick spray.
  • Trim, scrub, and peel off the outer layer of the carrot and golden beet. Using a vegetable peeler, peel down the carrot and beet. Press firmly into each vegetable to yield wide, long strips.
  • In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Add the vegetable strips and lower heat to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the strips in a sieve.
  • Carefully transfer the strips to the lined baking sheet. They will be tender, so use your fingers to gently pull them apart without breaking them. Make sure they do not overlap on the baking sheet. Transfer the sheet to the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool for ~5 minutes.
  • While the veggie strips are baking, pop the popcorn kernels in an air popper. If you do not have one, use pre-popped/packaged popcorn.
  • As the veggies are cooling, melt ¼ cup of the dark chocolate chips in the microwave. Place them in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on high. Stir and repeat in 15-second intervals until the chips are melted and smooth.
  • Combine the popcorn and veggie strips in a large bowl. Add the other ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted dark chocolate on top of the mix.
  • Let the chocolate cool and harden before serving (or else you'll have sticky fingers). You can also skip the melted chocolate and add more chocolate chips to the mix. Add a dash of sea salt to taste. Enjoy!


Try to find a large/wide carrot to make thin, wide vegetable strips. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 2548IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg