Concession Stand Popcorn Mix

20 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Concession Stand Popcorn Mix is the best movie theater snack at home! Sweet and salty mix with buttery popcorn, pretzels, raisins, M&M candies, and peanuts.

From Candied Pecans to Chicago Popcorn Mix, the best crunchy Snack Recipes are a delicious perfectly balanced combination of salty and sweet!

Concession Stand Popcorn Mix in wooden tub


This tasty and easy popcorn mix has your favorite movie theater snacks and candies! Sweet, salty, crunchy, and savory all at once, this Concession Stand Popcorn Mix has a little bit of everything. You can make it exactly like the recipe or add your family’s favorite snacks that you have on hand.

Concession Stand Popcorn Mix is so easy to make with a couple microwave popcorn bags and snacks you probably already have in your pantry. Use whatever microwave popcorn flavor you want like buttery popcorn or kettle corn for a little extra sweetness. A lot of theaters sell fresh popcorn so pick up authentic movie theater popcorn if you have some extra time.

You could also make this Concession Stand Popcorn Mix with fresh popcorn or bagged popped corn from the grocery store. Add a cup of cheddar popcorn and a cup caramel popcorn from a popcorn tin during the holidays. No matter what kind of popcorn you use, this irresistible snack is one that anyone can make and everyone will love.

Concession Stand Popcorn Mix ingredients in bowls

Once you get your favorite popcorn picked out to make this Concession Stand Popcorn Mix, it’s time to pick out the movie theater snacks to add. This recipe calls for mini pretzels for extra crunch, raisins for chewy fruity flavor, salty crunchy peanuts, and sweet chocolate M&M candies. It’s a theater-style trail mix that makes the perfect snack for movie night and carnival themed parties.

This Concession Stand Popcorn Mix is great for munching on whenever you want a sweet and salty snack. It also makes a great edible food gift for new neighbors or during the holidays. Make a fun movie style popcorn gift basket with bags of Concession Stand Popcorn Mix, bottled soda or lemonade, cotton candy, and a family-friendly DVD.



  • Candy: Other favorite movie theater candies you can use are Sour Patch Kids, bite-size licorice, Reeses Pieces, chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate covered raisins, Snow Caps, or Whoppers. You can also try chopping up your favorite candy bar and adding the pieces!
  • Nuts: Instead of salted peanuts, try roasted sliced almonds, walnuts, honey roasted peanuts, candied pecans, sunflower seeds, or pistachios.
  • Cookies: Mix in some cookies like Oreos, frosted animal cookies, and chocolate or cinnamon Teddy Grahams. Some Edible Cookie Dough pieces would taste delicious too!
  • Cereal: Add you favorite crunchy cereal to the popcorn mixture like Chex cereal, Cocoa Krispies, Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Reeses Puffs, or Lucky Charms.
  • Chocolate: For extra sweet Concession Stand Popcorn Mix, spread popcorn mix on a baking sheet and drizzle with Chocolate Ganache or Salted Caramel Sauce and allow sauce to harden. Break up and serve.
  • Popcorn Balls: Prepare Concession Stand Popcorn Mix and add to a deep baking pan or pot. Melt 10 ounces marshmallows, ¼ cup butter, and ¼ cup brown sugar over low heat. Stir melted butter mixture into popcorn mixture until covered completely. Carefully with buttered hands, shape popcorn balls and let cool on parchment paper until set.

How To Make Stovetop Popcorn

    • In a large pot with a lid, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil.
    • Turn on medium high heat and add 2 cups popcorn kernels. Cover pot with lid.
    • Shake pot occasionally while it heats up. Once the kernels pop, the oil is ready.
    • Add ½ cup popcorn kernels to hot oil and season with salt. Cover pot with lid and shake to cover kernels with oil.
    • Shake every 20-30 seconds so the popcorn doesn’t burn. Once kernels start popping, keep an ear out. 
    • The popcorn is done when the popping slows to 2-3 seconds between pops. Remove from heat, pour into bowl and enjoy.



  • Serve: This Concession Stand Popcorn Mix is best served with freshly made popcorn and be kept at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Store: Store Concession Stand Popcorn Mix in an airtight container or plastic storage bags for up to 1 week at room temperature. You don’t want to refrigerate or freeze popped popcorn.
  • Freeze: This isn’t a snack mix that you want to freeze, the popcorn will get soggy as it defrosts. It’s so easy, just make Concession Stand Popcorn Mix fresh.

Concession Stand Popcorn Mix in wooden tub

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Concession Stand Popcorn Mix

Concession Stand Popcorn Mix is the best movie theater snack at home! Sweet and salty mix with buttery popcorn, pretzels, raisins, M&M candies, and peanuts.
Yield 20 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 bags microwave popped popcorn , about 14 cups
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup m&ms candies


  • Microwave the popcorn and add to a large bowl.
  • Toss with pretzels.
  • Sprinkle over the raisins and peanuts.
  • Let cool for 2 minutes and sprinkle m&ms over the top.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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