While the popcorn is popping line a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Makes clean up easier.
Put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. I like Ghirardelli chocolate but any kind will work. You can also use almond bark.
Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and heat for another 30 seconds. That should be all that it takes. Stir until it is smooth.
When the chocolate is melted add the 1/4 c of shortening. I have the butter flavored shortening in the sticks but you can use any kind. If you are using almond bark I am not sure you will need the shortening because I always thought it already had shortening in it. Read the label first.
When you have all the shortening lumps stirred out of the chocolate add the 1 c of cake mix. Store the leftover cake mix in a ziplock bag. This gives you an excuse to make the popcorn again, because you don't want it to go to waste.
Stir until mixture is smooth.
Then start drizzling over the popcorn. Alternating with the sprinkles. The sprinkles will stick better if they are mixed while you are stirring in the chocolate.
Drizzle then stir, turning the bowl as you go to fully coat all the popcorn.
All the popcorn is fully coated.
Then spread out on the paper lined cookie sheet to let dry. After it is dry, store in an airtight container. I use the bowl that I mix it in. It will remain fresh for a couple of weeks but it never last that long.
Birthday Cake Popcorn Recipe
1 1/2 c melted almond bark or white chocolate chips
1/4 c shortening
1 c white or yellow cake mix
6 c popped popcorn
1/4 c sprinkles ( you don't have to measure these)
Pop the popcorn either with an air popper or in the microwave. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each of the 30 seconds until it is fully melted. Add the shortening to the chocolate and stir until it is melted. You can remicrowave if you need to.
Then add the cake mix to the chocolate.
Pour the coating onto the popcorn and coat evenly. Add sprinkles as you coat and stir the popcorn.
Pour the popcorn out onto cookie sheet to cool.