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Chai Chocolate Popcorn made on the stovetop with hints of cocoa and warming chai spice, blended with a touch of sweetness makes for a delicious popcorn topping!


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn (pref. organic)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (coconut sugar or organic cane sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove or nutmeg
  • pinch of mineral salt + pepper, optional


Spices: In a small bowl, mix your spices. Feel free to use heaping measurements.

Heat oil: In a large stock pot, add coconut oil, cover and heat over medium high heat for about 2 1/2 minutes.

Add popcorn: Pour popcorn into pot and cover with lid, let cook for 2 – 3 minutes, carefully shaking the pot back and forth almost continuously. Popcorn will be done when you don’t hear kernels popping for 5 – 10 seconds.

Add spice: Once popping comes to a minimum, lift lid, add spices, cover tightly, carefully lift pot and tilt, round and round, upside down, every which way you can.

Serve: Enjoy right from the pot or pour popcorn in a large bowl or small individual bowls.

Makes about 12 to 14 cups

Store: Leftovers can be stored in containers or ziplock baggies for 1 – 2 weeks. Be sure to remove as much as possible, and keep moisture away, to keep it from going stale too soon.


If you don’t have all the spices, you can still make a flavorful topping using just a few…try simply using sugar, cocoa and cinnamon.

If you happen to have the Tazo Chai Tea bags on hand, they will work too. Cut open 3 tea bags, combine with sugar and cocoa. Add once popcorn is ready.

I went for sweetness on this recipe, feel free to omit the sugar or lessen it. If you omit the sugar, you may opt to add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon black pepper for a more authentic chai spice.

Popcorn maker: Add popcorn, cook as directed and move to a large bowl. In a small bowl, melt coconut oil. Once popcorn is done, drizzle with oil and top with seasoning, toss to coat well.