Popcorn is a bit of miracle snack. Eaten plain, it’s teeming with crunchy corn goodness. But add a few creative popcorn toppings and — bam! — you’ve got a flavor explosion. It’s well known as a favorite movie night snack, but these days it’s *popping* up all over Pinterest as a salty, crunchy topping on some truly decadent sweet treats. Here are 19 times popcorn desserts stopped us in our pinning tracks.


1. Popcorn Ice Cream Sandwich: These ice cream sandwiches are made with two popcorn flavors — caramel and cheddar cheese. It may sound strange, but the salt-sweet crunch in every creamy bite will have you begging for more. (via Mom Does Reviews)


2. Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake: Imagine a buttery vanilla cake split in two and filled with salted caramel rippled vanilla ice cream, then topped with a heaping pile of caramel popcorn and drizzled with salted caramel sauce. Bring this showstopper to your next special occasion dinner party and it will be the *star* of the dessert table. (via The Sugar Hit)


3. Sugared Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Popcorn Chocolate Cupcakes: So, who puts popcorn on cupcakes? Only those in the know, seeking that salty-sweet crunch that’s sheer nirvana, that’s who. You need one of these in your life right now! (via Half Baked Harvest)


4. Salted Caramel Cheesecake Mousse: This is one of those recipes you break out when utter decadence is required. Totally luscious cheesecake mousse topped with liquid gold caramel and the crunch of salted caramel popcorn will have your dinner guests melting in their chairs. (via From the Kitchen)


5. Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn Cake: Covered in drippy caramel-peanut popcorn, this cake is going to remind you of every carnival, circus and baseball game of your childhood. Hop into the flavor time machine, because one bite and you’ll be taking off. (via Style Sweet CA)


6. Decadent Vegan Milkshake: This *freakshake* goes above and beyond a regular, run-of-the-mill milkshake. By agreeing to taste this, you are fully embracing decadence in a glass, you brave soul. (via Sprinkle of Green)


7. Salted Caramel Popcorn Brownies: Imagine a dark chocolate brownie set on a base of crunchy popcorn with caramel popcorn topping and a salted caramel drizzle. Oh, em, gee — we’ve just died and gone to caramel popcorn heaven. (via Love Swah)


8. Brown Butter Cupcakes With Caramel Frosting and Popcorn: These cupcakes are everything you’ll ever want in a sweet treat, and more. Best set out some napkins, because one little taste and everyone’s going to face plant right into them. (via A Cookie Named Desire)


9. White Chocolate Buttered Popcorn Cookies: What’s better than an ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie? One that’s dotted with crunchy morsels of popcorn. Bring a batch into the office and you’ll be everyone’s BFF. (via Joanne Eats Well With Others)


10. Funfetti Marshmallow Popcorn Treats: These squares are a super fun twist on Rice Krispie Treats. They’re no-bake and totally easy to pull off. But it’s the funfetti sprinkles that make them extra special — it’s like you get a party in every bite. (via Life Love and Sugar)


11. Popcorn Ice Cream with Milk Duds and Goobers: If you love rolling all your fave snacks into one bowl of ice cream, this “movie night” blend is the one for you. What are you waiting for? Grab a blanket, turn on your Netflix and away you go! (via A Cookie Named Desire)


12. Matcha Popcorn Milkshake: This one’s for the superfoodies in the house! Matcha has seven times more antioxidants than chocolate. Whipped up like this in a shake with popcorn crunch, this *vitamin* sure goes down easy. (via Brunch ‘n’ Bites)


13. Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls: If you love marshmallows in your hot cocoa, you’re going to flip for these delicious popcorn balls. Better whip up a double batch, because *everyone* in the house is going to want one. (via Inside BruCrew Life)


14. Cookies ‘n’ Cream Popcorn Ice Cream Cones: These popcorn cones are the ultimate in sweet treats, with bits of crunchy Oreo cookie inside. Sure, they’re a bit messy to make, but we bet you’ll have lots of kitchen volunteers to help. (via Tattooed Martha)


15. Popcorn Cake: This cake recipe is OHHH so versatile — you can just swap out the color of the M&Ms to fit any holiday or celebration. Bookmark this one for your next birthday party, and kids young and old will go crazy for a slice. (via Butter With a Side of Bread)


16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Truffles: If you’re looking at these truffles and thinking “chocolate, peanut butter and popcorn — count me in,” you’d better invite a friend or two. Treats this delicious simply must be shared. (via Keepin’ It Kind)


17. Chunky Monkey Popcorn Bars: If you love Chunky Monkey ice cream, you’ll go ape (hiyo!) over these little banana, chocolate and walnut bars. Whip up a batch for your next movie night. (via WonkyWonderful)


18. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Caramel Popcorn: Caramel popcorn is exactly the right topper for this ultra-rich deep chocolate layer cake with peanut-butter filling and dark chocolate glaze. All these complementary flavors is like a party in your mouth. (via Top With Cinnamon)


19. Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn Balls: These popcorn balls look crazy complex, but they’re quick and easy to make. Everything is done in a microwave, so there’s no boiling syrup to stir and no need to even turn on a stove. Bonus: They keep well in an airtight container, so take a few into work for when that 4:00 energy slump hits. (via SugarHero)

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