New Year’s Eve Popcorn Party Mix

This candy coated popcorn party mix is an easy sweet and salty treat that is highly addictive. It’s dressed to impress with gold and silver edible stars, perfect for a party or New Year’s Eve snacking while watching the Ball Drop!


Are you ready to ring in the New Year? This popcorn mix is a favorite ‘go-to’ treat and a crowd-pleaser! The sweet and salty combination of popcorn, nuts, pretzels and candy, makes it hard to resist.

Wilton Edible Accents gold and silver stars add some glitter to this popcorn for a festive ‘Black Tie’ party version of this snack mix for New Year’s Eve. I found the Edible Accents at Party City.

More of a procedure than a recipe, you can vary this mix to your taste, changing the candy, sprinkles and quantities of ingredients. I’ve made a version of this popcorn party mix for Football SeasonHalloweenThanksgiving, ChristmasJuly 4thEasterand Valentine’s Day. 

This snack mix starts with popcorn and candy coating or almond bark. I use a ratio of 6 cups of popcorn per 16 ounce package of candy coating/ almond bark, but adjust your candy coating-to-popcorn ratio to your taste. Pop your corn using your preferred method, removing any old maids or unpopped kernels and set aside.

I prefer CandiQuik (found on the baking aisle) for the convenience of the microwave disposable tray, but any brand of candy coating / almond bark will work. Melt the candy coating according to the package directions then mix with your popcorn in a large bowl, stirring well until coated. Spread the popcorn on wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet(s) to set. Add your decorative sprinkles to your popcorn while the coating is still warm and allow it to cool.

Once the candy coating is set, (about 15 – 20 minutes) break into pieces. Mix in salted nuts, pretzels, and candy of choice. I used some Silver Chocolate Peanut and Gold Chocolate Drops I found at Party City to add some additional silver and gold shimmer and sparkle.


Store in an airtight container. When ready to serve, place this popcorn party mix in a large glass footed bowl or serve up on a tray in plastic champagne glasses / flutes for a crowd. This would also be fun to serve if you’re having an Oscar or awards night party!

Printable Recipe

Looking for other ideas to Ring in the New Year?

Try a Festive Cheese Platter for easy New Year’s Eve entertaining. . .

And find more inspiration to ring in the New Year with recipes for appetizers, mini desserts and good luck food, HERE.

Wishing you a Sparkling New Year and New Beginnings in 2019!

* Pop * Fizz * Clink *

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  23 comments for “New Year’s Eve Popcorn Party Mix

  1. Granny Gay:)
    December 30, 2018 at 9:07 am

    What a fun way to say ‘good-bye’ to 2018 and ‘welcome’ to 2019….the fun includes preparing the popcorn and other delights! Thank you for sharing once again…

  2. Joan Riker
    December 30, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Have a blessed new year Mary! Thank you for making my days more beautiful

  3. Karen
    December 30, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Happy New Year! Everything looks so festive and pretty. I’ll have to hurry and find the “Edible Accents”.

  4. December 30, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Lovin’ those gold and silver chocolate drops Mary! I predict M&M’s will have them out next year:@) Happy New Year, pour a little bubbly for me:@)

  5. December 30, 2018 at 10:17 am

    What a fun way to celebrate, Mary! I love all things sparkly. Thanks for sharing your sources for us to find, too. Happy New Year to you. 🎉

  6. Marie in AZ
    December 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    What a great way to add something NEW to the new year! Wishing you a Joyous and Happy 2019!

  7. Mary Michelle
    December 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Mary, one of the first posts I saw of yours was from pinning a picture from your New Year’s eve party featuring clocks and I was enchanted and have been a reader ever since. You have inspired me to make a New Year’s themed tray that I photographed and will text to friends and family with my wishes for a happy new. May you and your hubby, and adorable doggies be healthy, safe and happy every day of 2019!

  8. Virginia
    December 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Mary, thank you for a year filled with your unique creativity and inspiration, you have certainly helped us hone our gardening skills, sharpen our abilities to entertain, beautify our homes with lovely flower arrangements, try out new recipes and celebrate a New Year. Thanks again and Happy New Year to you, your husband and little doggies.

  9. December 30, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    A very festive mix! Love the silver and gold things you found! On to 2019!! Happy New Year Mary!

  10. December 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    What a beautiful presentation with each and every post you make! And such wonderful recipes! Thank you Mary and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  11. Naomie Moore
    December 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful presentation! Will be able to toss together the popcorn mix tomorrow morning! Going to dinner with friends and will be home by 9 pm to be with the pets before mayhem erupts in my neighborhood with all the fireworks . . . Have a split of champagne cooling along with my creme de cassis for a kir royale at midnight. My girlfriend from Asheville gets up at 3:00 a.m. calls me and we have a cocktail together, then go to bed. Happy New Year everyone! 🎉🎉🎉

  12. December 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you fir reminding me of this party’s great and yes, I’ve used it at Easter!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Here’s to a HAPPY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW 2019 YEAR!! 🍾🥂🎉🎈🍤

  13. Cyndi Raines
    December 31, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Love this popcorn treat! Made it 2 different times at Christmas, it is SO GOOD! The gold and silver star edible accents are too cute for New Year’s! You find the neatest things Mary! Happy New Year to you and your family. Looking forward to another fun and creative year with you! 🥂

  14. Rita C.
    December 31, 2018 at 7:28 am

    That mix reminds me of our Christmas crack and looks really good, and so does that festive cheese platter! Happy New Year, Mary! Thank you for tons of inspiration you’ve delivered throughout the year and years!

  15. December 31, 2018 at 9:16 am

    So cute!! You make every holiday a festive celebration! Happy New Year Mary! I hope it’s a happy, healthy one.Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration and beautiful images throughout the year.

  16. December 31, 2018 at 10:34 am

    You popcorn looks delicious! Adding this to my list of things to make.

  17. December 31, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family Mary!!!

  18. December 31, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Mary, I just wanted to “pop” in and wish you a Happy New Year and I look forward to all the inspiration in 2019!

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