Dairy Free Birthday Cake Popcorn Makes Movie Night Pop!

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act-ii-popcorn-birthday-cake-popcornWe LOVE our family movie nights – it’s a great way for us to connect as a family! It was my daughter’s birthday a few weeks ago, and while we had a bigger family birthday party, sleepovers, and all the birthday hoopla earlier in the month, I wanted to celebrate her birthday in a stress-free way.  I wanted to make a special move night treat for her, but also one that my youngest daughter, who has a dairy allergy, could also enjoy.  So we headed out to Sam’s Club to pick up ingredients for Dairy-Free Birthday Cake Popcorn (sounds yummy, right?).

IMG_7832While we are there, ACT II popcorn was sponsoring a demo, and Katie, my youngest was THRILLED to find that she could eat the recipe that they were making (ACT II Popcorn with Oreos!) and I was excited to pick up another great dairy free popcorn recipe to try for future movie nights.  Once we made it home, the girls couldn’t wait to make the birthday cake popcorn, which was fine because it will last you for a while.  This is a GREAT recipe to gets kids in the kitchen – there’s really only one part that requires some intense adult help.


You start by melting two 8.8 oz bags of dairy free white chocolate chips and popping two bags of ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn. While dairy free “milk” chocolate chips are becoming easier to find, the white chocolate chips can be challenging to find, so I keep them on hand at home for recipes like this one.  Moms experienced with dairy free cooking already know that cooking can be somewhat of an adventure, as dairy free ingredients don’t always behave like you think they will.  It will take a while to melt these down.  I put them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave them a minute at a time until they are smooth and creamy.  Next, stir in 2 cups of dairy-free white or yellow cake mix onto the white chocolate chips.

IMG_7855This is going to be VERY, very clumpy and you’re going to think that you have failed.  Don’t worry, keep going!!  Mix it up as best you can.  Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of Vanilla Almond Milk.  Stir, and then place in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  Don’t walk away, and don’t put it in for much longer than that, because you can start to cook the cake.  Pull it out of the microwave quickly, because the chocolate will start to set.  Add about an 1/8 cup of almond milk, stir, and microwave to another 15 seconds.  Repeat this a few times until you get the mixture to a consistency that you can pour over the popcorn – it won’t get super liquidy, but when you get it back to a consistency of the melted chocolate you will be good to go.  It will take about 4-5 times of microwaving and adding almond milk.  After pouring over the popcorn, toss the popcorn gently with your hands to coat the popcorn evenly.

Then, let your kiddos pour in a 14.5 oz container of rainbow sprinkles.  Many will fall to the bottom, but there will be a fun moment when they get to dump ALL the sprinkles in.

IMG_7862Toss those to coat again, and then quickly (before the chocolate sets) spread the popcorn out onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, and let set about 20 minutes until the chocolate fully sets.  But don’t be surprised when some sampling occurs!

IMG_7863The popcorn will fully set in about 15-30 minutes.  I find that because this is quite a rich treat, my daughters will like to have a “regular” bag of ACT II Butter Lovers popcorn as well so they can munch throughout the movie while sharing a small bowl of this sweet Dairy Free Birthday Cake Popcorn!  It nice when they share, isn’t it?

IMG_7882So this is how we celebrated our birthday themed movie night – and of course the birthday person gets to choose the movie!!

If you want to try this recipe (or just have some yummy popcorn on hand), download the Ibotta app to score an exclusive $2.00 off coupon for ACT II popcorn that you can use at Sam’s Club.  But hurry, because it’s only good while supplies last!

Tell me below what your favorite way to enjoy ACT  II Popcorn from Sam’s Club is.  Do you and your family have any other movie night traditions?










  1. Samantha K says

    When we have movie nights, my boys bring down ALL their blankets and pillows ans spread them all over the living room. Then each must have their own popcorn bowl. I will have to make this with them next movie night! It sounds delicious! #client

    • says

      Samantha mine do the same – you would think we lived in the Artic circle they get so many blankets!! And I hear you about the one popcorn bowl!!

  2. Rosey says

    I just told my mom this flavor was out. She didn’t believe me. I’m sending some over w/her Mother’s Day gift. ;)

  3. Reginia Cordell says

    What a great idea, your kids looks had a tons of fun and their snack looks so sweet and yummy.

  4. Rebecca Swenor says

    This sounds like an interesting but taste treat for movie night indeed and I will have to make this for sure. I would have never thought of using cake mix. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Angelic Sinova says

    I LOVE adding sweets (mostly M&M’s) to my popcorn but I’ve never thought to add sprinkles! How awesome is that? I can’t wait to try this <3

  6. nicole dziedzic says

    We will be making this flavor this weekend and trying it for our family movie night. Looks like quite a treat!

  7. says

    That popcorn looks really good! I am not usually a big popcorn eater..probably because that was all we had to snack on when I was a kid lol. But who doesn’t love chocolate on popcorn :) The girls sure look happy!

  8. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    That sounds delicious! What a fun way to change up popcorn. I think my boys would LOVE this.

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