Peanut Butter Popcorn {a sweet treat!}

by Rachel Gurk on July 8, 2013 · 29 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks

Did you all hear that I like popcorn?

Oh, you did?

Well, you heard right. I could eat it every day. In fact, when I’m pregnant, I pretty much do. But I’m not pregnant and am forever trying to watch my figure so I try to limit myself to popcorn once weekly. This peanut butter popcorn was a nice change of pace from my traditional butter and salt.

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This peanut butter popcorn is everything you want from popcorn. Sweet, crunchy, and a little bit salty. Sticky too, but that’s just a bonus.

The flavors of the peanut butter and the honey meld so well into this perfect treat. Top with a bit of sea salt for the perfect balance of salty sweet. I added in some peanuts for another textural element and the extra protein is always a bonus.

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The coating makes just enough to touch on every popped kernel and make it sticky sweet without being a huge mess. I like to use mushroom popcorn for sweet popcorn treats like this because it pops up nice and round and holds the glaze really well without deflating and getting soggy. I dragged my feet forever on buying it online but it turns out it is completely worth it, especially for a popcorn addict like me. Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll be hooked too.

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Have I mentioned yet how easy this is to make? No candy thermometers or anything involved and only about 10 minutes of hands-on time. You’re going to love this recipe!

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Peanut Butter Popcorn

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 snack size servings

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped, unpopped kernels removed
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup honey (I use raw, local honey)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add popcorn and peanuts. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat honey and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla and peanut butter until smooth and peanut butter is melted. Pour over popcorn and stir until all popcorn is coated. Spread onto prepared sheet pan and let set for 5-10 minutes before serving. Will remain slightly sticky and is best eaten the same day.

Notes

Make sure to remove all unpopped kernels! They hide really well under the peanut butter mixture and can do damage to your teeth.

http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/07/08/peanut-butter-popcorn/

Verdict: Loved this! Sticky, sweet, salty.
Husband’s take: I think he enjoyed this even more than I did. I often found him grabbing some out to snack on.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy!

More Sweet Popcorn Treats:

Popcorn Snack Mix
Peppermint Crunch Popcorn
Kahlua and Espresso Bean Caramel Corn
Rum “Spiked” Caramel Corn
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Popcorn from Brown Eyed Baker
Pistachio Caramel Popcorn from Flanboyant Eats
Chocolate Chip Coconut Popcorn from Family Fresh Cooking
Honey Butter Popcorn from Food Loves Writing

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Candid RD July 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

I could eat popcorn prepared in any way, shape or form, I’m just obsessed! This recipe sounds fantastic. Because, you know, peanut butter with popcorn would probably be the best thing I’ll ever taste (with some chocolate on there I might just die!)

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2 Angie July 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

What a wonderful treat! I know my husband would love this!

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3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

What a fun snack! This would be gone in a second in my house!

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4 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite July 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

I will now be craving popcorn all day long! This looks delicious.

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5 Marla July 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

Great flavors + thanks for the link love :)

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6 Sheila July 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

MMMMm! I can almost smell it right through the screen! I love the flavors of peanut butter and honey, this looks so good!

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7 Karly July 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

Popcorn and peanut butter are two of my favorite foods! Love this!

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8 carrian July 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

Yeah, I think when these pretty braces come off I’m going to shove my face in this. Yes, yes I am

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9 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

This sounds incredible! Not sure why I would have never thought to put peanut butter with popcorn before.

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10 Kathryn July 8, 2013 at 9:46 am

Oh yes, this sounds like pretty much my ideal popcorn.

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11 steph@stephsbitebybite July 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Oh no! Snack time just got dangerous!

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12 Tracey July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

This sounds like the most amazing combination of salty and sweet! I would love a big bowl to snack on!

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13 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

My family loves peanut butter popcorn! Love that honey is the main sweetener in this!

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14 gerry @ foodness gracious July 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

You and my daughter would be best friends if we were neighbors, she’s a serious popcorn head!

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15 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) July 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I never thought to combine peanutbutter and popcorn–very cool idea!

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16 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

This is probably a weird comment but I’m kind of in love with those tiny paper bags. :D

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17 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

This is such an awesome snack, Rachel! I’m a peanut butter nut (har har) and would love this!

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18 Cassie | Bake Your Day July 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

We are popcorn soul-mates. I love this!

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19 katie July 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

I love popcorn yet hardly ever make it at home… I need to get on the popcorn making train!

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20 Nutmeg Nanny July 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

Oh yes! I would eat the hell out of a bag of this deliciousness.

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21 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen July 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

Looooove this popcorn! Such a perfect snack!!

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22 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I love caramel corn, and adding peanut butter sounds like an amazing treat! This is a great recipe, Rachel!

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23 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

what a great treat!

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24 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Mmm this popcorn looks so sweet and salty and tastyyy!

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25 Pamela October 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

My 4 yo has been insisting i make him “pinka-butter” popcorn, so I consulted the googles and ended up here. The reaction to this recipe was over the top: the 8 year old’s knees were wobbly, and then he pretended he died from the good. The six year old ran around cheering. The four year old said to tell you this popcorn is weawy, weawy awesome to taste, and now he is singing a happy Pinka-Butter Operetta and doing interpretive dance. Good work.

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26 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Oh my goodness, this comment made my day! Kids are the best. Thanks for sharing!

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