Popcorn Trail Mix

I love all the emails I get around Halloween asking me for "healthy" candy recipes. I wish there was such a thing, but sadly, there isn't. I usually just give in and allow my kids to enjoy a few chocolatey or sugary Halloween treats. HOWEVER, in the past, when I've put out a bunch of bowls filled with nuts, popcorn and chocolate chips for trick or treaters and given them holiday themed bags to let them make their own trail mix, they love it! Sure there's always one or two kids who try to fill their bags with 99% chocolate chips and maybe one nut, but there are also plenty of little ones who stuff their bags with a healthy portion of the good stuff and they absolutely love it.

Whether you're looking for a healthy-ish treat on Halloween or just a fun holiday snack idea for the younger set, this Popcorn Trail Mix fits the bill. And until someone invents healthy candy, you can't do much better!


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Popcorn Trail Mix (Makes 5 1/2 Cups - 11 servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 4 Cups Popcorn, popped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted mixed nuts, almonds, walnuts, or peanuts


1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine.
2. Place mixture into individual treat bags.
3. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Laurie C

    Curious how you pop your popcorn? On the stove (with what kind of oil) or old school air popper?

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    • Catherine

      Sometimes I make it in the pot (the way my mom made it for me as a kid) and sometimes I make it in a special popcorn bowl I got at Target that makes it without oil or butter.

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  • Kirstin

    Great alternative to trail mix! For a school treat day next month, I might toss in a few pieces of candy corn, seasonal colored M&Ms, and leaf-shaped pretzels. Thanks for the ideas Catherine!

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    • Cornelia

      Thakns for taking the time to post. It's lifted the level of debate

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  • Lara Gustafson

    Hi. I was wondering if you could tell me the appropriate serving size for one person. I know it said 5 1/2 cups but how many does that serve?

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  • Tracy

    Just wondering when you started giving your kids popcorn. My son will be 2 next month and I have not tried yet. Thanks!

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  • Jackie

    Tracy, I started giving the kids popcorn around 26 months. They can eat a whole bowl of it on our Friday night movie nights. Also try sprinkling some Parmesan cheese over it while still hot. They love that!

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  • Jackie

    Also, I dump it out and find any kernels and throw them away if they did not pop. If the boys find them they will chew on them....

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  • JBirecki

    Ooh! I already do a trail mix with everything but the popcorn, but next time I'll have to try it with popcorn. :)

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  • Canada

    How long does it keep for? Want to make ahead and put in glass jars as gifts but not sure the popcorn will get too soft after a couple of days?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Hmmm the popcorn does get soft/stale pretty quickly. I'm not sure how it would hold up in a jar.

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