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Magical Mermaid Popcorn: A Delicious Treat for Under the Sea Parties

If you’re looking for mermaid party food ideas, you’ve found one! This mermaid popcorn is a delicious and easy treat that instantly adds whimsy to any party.

With blue, purple, and turquoise colored popcorn, this sweet and salty party popcorn is excellent for any under the sea birthday party. You can also make it for a magical baby shower, pool party, or any beach-themed event. The treat is even easy enough to make if you want to create a magical movie night snack!

Bowl of mermaid popcorn on top of mermaid fin purple fabric.

Mermaid Popcorn for an Under the Sea Party

With our unicorn party mix and galaxy popcorn being so popular, it was clear we needed a mermaid popcorn option. Party popcorn is an easy treat that adds a lot of fun to an event. Add it to a dessert table, to goody bags, or leave it around in bowls for snacking. Whichever way you choose to display it, mermaid snack mix adds pops of color and fun all around.

As I said in the mermaid bark candy post, these treats are also great for movie nights. The new Little Mermaid movie that’s coming out soon, and the recently released, Avatar: The Way of Water are both great movies worthy of a special snack. Or, break out some of my childhood favorites like Splash! Snack away while you relive the childhood wonder.

Reasons to Love Mermaid Party Popcorn

  • Easy: This colorful snack mix is pretty quick and easy to make. It’s easy to tweak and a great option if you need something last minute.
  • Flavorful: Kids and adults enjoy the salty and sweet flavor combo.
  • Fun: With adult supervision, this is even a good recipe to create with the kids.
  • Eye-catching: By placing the mermaid popcorn in bowls around the party, it adds color and whimsy to impress guests.
Bowls of popcorn, candy melts, and sprinkles.

Mermaid Popcorn Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this mermaid party popcorn recipe. The measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Popcorn
  • Lavender candy melts
  • Turquoise candy melts
  • Dark blue candy melts
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mermaid sprinkles
  • Mermaid tail candies

How to Make Mermaid Party Popcorn

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Melted blue candy melts in a bowl next to popcorn.

Take 5 cups of popcorn and transfer them to a mixing bowl. A Stir Crazy popcorn maker was used for this recipe, but you make popcorn however you like, or buy a bag. Use salted popcorn if you love that salty sweet flavor, or leave it unsalted if you prefer.

If you choose to use a Stir Crazy popcorn popper, 2/3 cup of unpopped popcorn with 2T oil was perfect for this recipe. There was only a little bit left over.

In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, add one cup of one of the candy melt colors and place it in the microwave on 100% power for one minute.

Stir the candy melts until they are completely melted. If needed, put it back in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir until smooth.

Blue melted candy in a bowl with plain popcorn.

Pour the melted candy melts over the popcorn and mix it well to make sure all the popcorn is evenly coated.

Popcorn coated with blue melted candy.

Spread the popcorn onto one half of the baking sheet, and make sure it is spread out in a single layer.

Candy coated blue popcorn on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle with mermaid sprinkles, candy tails and 1/3 of the marshmallows.

Coated blue popcorn with sprinkles and marshmallows on a baking sheet.

Repeat the process with the remaining color candy melts and spread them on the other half of the first baking sheet and the entire second baking sheet. Allow the candy to harden.

Purple, blue, and teal popcorn in a bowl.

Once the candy is hardened, break it apart and mix the different colored popcorn together.

Mermaid party popcorn with sprinkles in a bowl.

Serve and enjoy!

Bowl of mermaid popcorn on top of mermaid fin fabric.

What Else to Serve at a Mermaid Party

Here are some more mermaid recipes to consider if you are throwing an under the sea themed event. These also work for pool parties in general.

Baked goods: Swirly mermaid cupcakes, tide pool cookies, and mermaid cookie pizzas are all tasty additions to a dessert table.

Drinks: An icy mermaid slushy is a refreshing summer treat, or choose mermaid hot cocoa melts for the cooler months.

Candy: Mermaid fudge and mermaid bark candy are both easy and fun to make.

Ice cream: This green, purple, and blue ice cream is no-churn and a super sweet treat.

No-bake: Mermaid donut holes and clam cookies are both treats to make without the oven.

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Popcorn: As stated above, you can use your choice of popcorn. Pop your own in a popcorn maker, use microwave popcorn, or buy a popped bag. Choose plain unsalted or salted popcorn.
  • Marshmallows: Feel free to leave the marshmallows out or use a different type.
  • Sprinkles: Use your choice of sprinkles. You can buy a mermaid sprinkle mix that has fins, or get a bag of fins on their own. Shop around to find your favorite ones.
  • Edible glitter: If you want extra magic and sparkle, spray or sprinkle on some edible glitter.
Blue, green, and purple popcorn with mermaid sprinkles and marshmallows.

Kitchen Supplies Needed

  • 2 baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Microwave-safe bowl for melting candy melts. You can also use a double boiler or a candy melting pot.
  • Spoon or spatula for stirring
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Popcorn maker if you choose to pop your own kernels
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How to Store Leftovers

Store the mermaid popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. It’s important to keep the popcorn in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, to prevent it from becoming stale or melting.

Recipe Notes and FAQ

Can I make this recipe with less popcorn?

Yes, if you don’t need such a large batch of popcorn, feel free to use less and adjust the amount of candy melts and other ingredients accordingly.

Do I have to microwave the candy melts?

No, you can also melt candy melts using a double boiler. Wilton also makes a special pot just for melting their candy melts.

Can I use leftover popcorn?

You can use whatever kind of popcorn you like; just make sure it’s fresh. Stale popcorn will not coat well with melted candy. Plus, it just won’t taste as good!

Yield: 15 cups

Mermaid Popcorn

Bowl of mermaid popcorn on top of mermaid fin purple fabric.

Easy mermaid party popcorn to make for your next ocean-themed party. Make some with the kids for a magical movie night or to add whimsy to your next gathering!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 cups popped popcorn, divided
  • 1 cup lavender candy melts
  • 1 cup turquoise candy melts
  • 1 cup dark blue candy melts
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • mermaid sprinkles
  • mermaid tail candies

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. Place 5 cups popcorn into a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of 1 color candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 100% power for 1 minute. Stir completely until melted. If necessary, return to the microwave for 10 seconds and stir until smooth. 
  3. Pour candy melts on top of the popcorn and mix well to evenly coat. Spread popcorn onto half of the baking sheet and spread into a single layer as best as you can. Sprinkle with mermaid sprinkles and candy tails and 1/3 of the marshmallows. 
  4. Repeat with the additional color candy melts and spread onto the other half and 2nd baking sheet for candy to harden. 
  5. Once all candy is hardened, break apart colors and mix them together. 
  6. Makes 15 cups

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Mermaid popcorn with sprinkles in a bowl.

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