Nerds popcorn is crazy good! Nerds candies are a childhood favorite of many, and coupled with popcorn, they make an irresistible sweet treat.

Overhead of square white bowl containing Nerds popcorn.

As the self-declared popcorn queen, I’m always looking for a new twist to put on popcorn. Whether it be sweet or savory, I always have something up my sleeve.

Not too long ago, I debuted the Nerds Milkshake and I couldn’t believe the reaction it got! I think Nerds bring back memories for so many people. They’re such a fun and tasty candy reminiscent of childhood. And so colorful! I love them in these Nerds Rice Krispie Treats Recipe. And they’re perfect for popcorn, of course.

I keep this particular popcorn recipe simple, adding only white chocolate candy coating and some rainbow Nerds. Often I leave some of the candy I’m mixing with the popcorn whole, and then crush some up. That really drives the flavor home and makes sure each kernel of popcorn is flavored with the candy.

But I like to leave Nerds whole to really show off the colors. You could definitely try it either way – this is pretty hard to screw up. If you do choose to crush some of the candies, use a food processor or a zip-top bag and a rolling pin (my preferred method).

Pink dotted treat bag with nerds popcorn, square white bowl with popcorn in background.

After you pop your popcorn (this air popper has made me more popcorn than I care to admit), make sure to pick out the unpopped kernels. Once they are coated in white chocolate, they are really hard to see until you crack your tooth and are headed to the dentist. My method of picking out the unpopped kernels is pretty simple:

  1. Give the bowl a good shake – they tend to sink to the bottom.
  2. Lift popped popcorn out and put onto a sheet pan (you’ll use it later too). Once all you see in the bowl are unpopped kernels and partially popped kernels, dump those out.
  3. You then return the pretty popcorn from the sheet pan back to the bowl. There it will get mixed with the white chocolate and the Nerds and then returned back to the sheet pan to harden before you tuck it away into an airtight container such as your belly.

Pink polka dot bag spilling out Nerds popcorn onto bright blue cloth, with scattered Nerds candy.

If Nerds popcorn isn’t your thing and you prefer a different popcorn variety, make sure to check out Cool Ranch Popcorn, Orange Creamsicle Popcorn, Blueberries and Cream Popcorn, Brownie Brittle Popcorn, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Popcorn, or Oreo Popcorn (loooooaded with Oreos).

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Nerds Popcorn

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nerds popcorn is crazy good! Nerds candies are a childhood favorite of many, and coupled with popcorn, they make an irresistible sweet treat.


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, mushroom variety recommended
  • 16 ounces vanilla candy coating, melted until smooth, as directed on the package
  • 5 ounces Nerds, any variety


  1. Pop corn using an hot air popper. Pick out any unpopped kernels (slightly time consuming but very important).
  2. To the popped popcorn, pour melted candy coating over the popcorn mixture and stir a couple of times to disperse the candy coating. Pour in Nerds and stir to combine until everything is well coated.
  3. Spread onto a large sheet pan for candy coating to harden before serving immediately or storing in an airtight container for 3-4 days.


  • Pictured are Rainbow Nerds.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 of 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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This Nerds Popcorn recipe was originally created for Food Fanatic.