Need a mermaid birthday party idea? I’ve got you covered with this Enchanted Sea Snack.
If you think mermaids are having a moment on my blog, you’re right. Considering that I grew up in the Sunshine State (Florida), this should not surprise you.
I was quite the beachgoer and pool swimmer in my youth. I spent many weekends, school breaks, and summers either lounging poolside or getting chased by sharks.
I collected seashells, sea glass, and turned my pale Irish skin a dark golden brown.
I had freckles and sun-kissed hair and often smelled of suntan lotion.
I’m back to my pale Irish roots because skin cancer runs in my family.
I’ve traded the beach for the mountains and now live in beautiful Virginia.
I don’t lounge by the pool anymore but I do venture there when my daughter and granddaughter are in town.
And I’m totally excited because they’ll be coming to see me at the beginning of March! Yay!
Since my daughter and granddaughter both love The Little Mermaid movie, I decided to try out a tasty treat for their visit.
Say hello to Enchanted Sea Snack!
Isn’t it pretty?
It’s perfect for a mermaid movie-thon or a mermaid birthday party.
But this snack isn’t just a pretty face. 😉
It’s also inexpensive to make and can feed 10-12 guests easily.
These inexpensive buckets I found at Target would be great for birthday parties since they come in several different colors.
The vanilla candy coating I used for this recipe was from Target also but you can use whatever you’d like.
The cotton candy I used came from the Dollar Tree and you know what’s weird? It was made in the city I grew up in–in Florida.
I don’t know but I think it’s time we get to the recipe.
- 16 oz of vanilla melting chocolate
- 15 cups of popcorn
- 1/2 cup of sprinkles and nonpareils
- food coloring (your choice of colors) or use colored candy melts
- 1.5 oz container of cotton candy
- Divide the popcorn in three separate bowls (5 cups in each bowl).
- Divide the melting chocolate into 3 portions.
- Place one of the three melting chocolate portions into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave (or use double boiler method).
- Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn in one of the bowls. Combine until the popcorn is coated.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and evenly lay the coated popcorn on the cookie sheet. Add a portion of sprinkles.
- Place the next portion of melting chocolate into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave.
- **Add food coloring (to make your preferred color) immediately and combine.
- Pour that over the next bowl of popcorn and combine.
- Take half of the cotton candy and tear it up into small pieces. Add these pieces to the popcorn mixture and combine.
- Layer the cotton candy/popcorn mixture over the popcorn on the cookie sheet.
- Repeat steps 6-10 with the remaining chocolate, popcorn, and cotton candy.
- Add the remaining sprinkles.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Tastes best when served within 24 hours.
**See Notes section for coloring tips.
To make the pink coloring, I used 12 drops of red food coloring combined with four drops of blue.
To make the purple lavender color, I used 24 drops of red and 16 drops of blue.
To make the seafoam green, I used 10 drops of blue and 2 drops of green.
If you're using colored candy melts, you won't need to use food dyes.
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