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bowl of chocolate popcorn bark with packets of lypo-spheric vitamin c

Recipe: Chocolate Popcorn Bark

Looking for a holiday recipe that will do as little harm when you inevitably eat too much? Try this antioxidant-rich chocolate popcorn bark recipe from nutritionist Mia Rigden.

by Mia Rigden Board-certified nutritionist, classically trained chef

A low-sugar holiday dessert that’s actually worthy of the dessert table (if it makes it that far!), this chocolate popcorn bark is straight-up addictive and is the easiest thing you’ll make this holiday season. There are countless ways to have fun with chocolate bark, but I’m partial to this combination: antioxidant-rich dark chocolate with fibrous popcorn, a hint of marshmallow sweetness (it’s Christmas after all!), and dried tart cherries (which are full of nutrients, including a winter favorite, vitamin C for immune support). Sometimes the simplest things are truly the best. 


  • 2, 10–12 ounce packages of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 ½ cups popcorn
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries (can substitute raisins if you can’t find dried cherries)


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.
  3. Remove from heat and fold in the 2 cups of the popcorn, the marshmallows, and dried tart cherries. 
  4. Spread the chocolate mixture on the baking sheet in an even layer. Add the remaining popcorn so it is visible and spread evenly. 
  5. Place bark in the fridge to cool and harden for at least 1 hour.
  6. When bark is set, use clean hands to break into chunks.
  7. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. 

Mia Rigden is a Los Angeles-based board certified nutritionist, trained chef, and the author of The Well Journal (2020) and Foodwise (2023), a comprehensive, encouraging guide to healthy eating with 100 original, nutritionally-balanced and flavor-enriching recipes. Learn more about working with Mia on her website, check out an online course, and follow on Instagram @mia_rigden for science-backed, practical nutrition advice.

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