Skip Nav

Corn Nuts Chocolate Bark

This Nutty Chocolate Bark Will Surprise You in More Ways Than 1

The following excerpt was originally featured on Always Order Dessert and written by Alejandra Ramos, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

Have you ever tried quicos?

They're toasted and popped dried corn kernels that are served salted as a bar or party snack. Commercially, they're sold as Corn Nuts, though the good ones are the kind you can buy at gourmet markets or in the cheese section at Whole Foods, which taste fresher and miles better.

It's a Spanish snack, and absolutely wonderful if you're the sort of person who loves salty, crunchy, toasted corn-flavored things.

Sometimes quicos are also sold covered in chocolate and rolled in cocoa, and that's when I go absolutely wild for them.

Because salt + chocolate? Best thing ever.

I've been wanting to do something with quicos on this blog for a while now, and it wasn't until this past week that I figured it out.

Meet my pop bark! A dark chocolate bark filled with crushed quicos (or corn nuts) and sprinkled with popping sugar (ahem, also known as Pop Rocks).

Crunchy, toastey, salty, sweet, and POPPING!

Ahh, so fun. A few notes.

If you can't find the popping sugar or Pop Rocks, just skip them. It's good with just the corn, too. If you want, though, you can totally find the popping sugar (sometimes called popping crystals) on Amazon. Link is in the recipe below.

You can use whatever chocolate you prefer, but the darker stuff just seems to work nicely with the salty corn.

You can get quicos or corn nuts at Whole Foods and online (Amazon carries them, but other places do, too). You can also just use the original flavor Corn Nuts that you can probably find at the grocery store.

This is super fun snacky treat food.

This is movie-watching food.

This is friends over for a party food.

This is munch on while you wait for dinner to be ready food.

This is so-good-you-can't-stop-till-it's-gone-food!

Loved this recipe? Here are three other easy candy recipes you might like:

Pop Bark (Toasted Corn Nut and Popping Sugar Chocolate Bark)

From Always Order Dessert

Corn Nuts Chocolate Bark


  1. 2 cups quicos
  2. 2 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  3. 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
  4. 1 tablespoon popping sugar (unflavored Pop Rocks)


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Place Corn Nuts in a food processor and crush slightly (you can also place in a bag and crush with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin).
  3. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl, and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and melted. Keep stirring to cool down slightly, then add the corn nuts.
  4. Spread out on the prepared baking sheet, then let cool at room temperature for about 10 minutes before sprinkling with salt and popping sugar. Place in fridge and let chill until hard, about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from fridge and break into pieces. Serve immediately, or place in an air-tight container and store in refrigerator. (Keep chilled to keep it from melting.)
Image Source: Always Order Dessert
Latest Recipes, Menus, Food & Wine
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds