Peanut Butter Popcorn

in Snacks

It’s Monday, which means you might be sleepy, irritable, yawning, napping under your desk, wearing mismatched socks…

Don’t worry. There’s popcorn…wrapped in peanut butter!

Last week I needed a new snack, so naturally I took to twitter. Nowadays, that’s totally the place I take all my questions to. Who invented the mini-post its? Ask Twitter.  Why does my foot get tingly when my foot falls asleep? Ask Twitter. How do I do a smokey eye? Ask Twitter.

When I asked about snacks, Twitter came back with suggestions of combining peanut butter with all types of fruit. Goood, goood. There were also lots of ideas on different ways to whip up popcorn. Like button!

A light bulb went off and I decided I’d be totally brills to combine the two: peanut butter and popcorn.

I thought I’d invented something fantastic, original even! ….until I googled it. And then found that the whole world knew about it…except me.

Whomp, whomp…

Whatevs. I kept it moving…

There’s peanut butter involved, naturally.  I used all natural because it has better flavor; though all the peanut oil that sits at the top kinda grosses me out.

I digress, there’s sugar, honey, salt, a dash of vanilla extract and some popcorn kernels.

It’s doesn’t get much simpler, actually.

I popped the popcorn….

And in the same pot, mixed the sugar and honey together until it boiled for a few minutes and turned a slightly darker hue. Then I burned myself because my brain forgot that cooked sugar is hot.

I added the peanut butter and vanilla until it was all combined. It’ll be pretty, shiny…you might wanna eat it off the spatula. Don’t do this since there’s that hot sugar part.

This is the part when you have to act super fast. You add the peanut butter mixture in two batches, mixing, making sure to coat all of the popcorn evenly.

It started to glob together in like, popcorn balls so I spread it on a baking sheet, breaking everything apart and letting it set a bit.

There’s no picture of this step because I did this just as a bee flew into my kitchen almost flying into my mouth. My arms flayed…I swatted…screamed…ran outside.

Crept back in and killed it with Windex. Sorry, bee and family.

Despite being raised by a man that scoots bees, bugs, and lizards outside–making sure to never kill anything–I, apparently just kill them with Windex. Shameful.

I felt super guilty. But ya know what made me feel better….?!?!

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Recipe Adapted (barely) from The Kitchn

Print this recipe!

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

Vegetable oil

Fine salt

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter (should be free of added sugar)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Place a clean paper towel in a large bowl.  Heat a large heavy pan over medium heat and film the bottom with vegetable oil. Add the popcorn, shake to distribute, then put a lid on the pan. Leave a small crack for steam to escape. When the popcorn starts popping, shake vigorously to make sure the kernels pop evenly. When the popping slows, take the pan off the heat.

Pour the popcorn into bowl to cool, being careful to leave any unpopped kernels in the pan. Lightly salt the popcorn to taste.

In the same pan, mix the honey and sugar and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for a couple minutes or until slightly darker in color, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla.

Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and stir  until completely coated. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and spread evenly and using your hands (carefully) break apart the popcorn.  This way there are individual kernels.  Let sit for 5 minutes to set and then serve!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 2, 2011 at 3:40 am

Omg this is my dream recipe.

I eat popcorn daily.

And I make a dessert I eat almost daily that uses melted PB + karo syrup + brown sugar poured over special k or ground up cookies.

I need to make this recipe, asap. It combines popcorn plus that delish sauce..oh, i am all over this!

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Chelsey (Cookteen) May 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

that dessert sounds amazing!! Oh, and I eat popcorn like its my job :) kettlecorn has no chance around me

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 2, 2011 at 3:42 am

You bring the popcorn, I’ll bring the movie? And the… booze.

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Abby May 2, 2011 at 5:11 am

Adrianna,
I am a fellow foodie and I have to say….I am uber-impressed/excited about your blog. I have spent the last few weeks printing off every recipe and categorizing them into what I will make each day. I brought the salted caramel rice krispy treats to the hospital and my fellow nursing students could not get enough! I love your healthy vegetarian spins on real comfort food. I am not a vegetarian but I do not really care for meat that much. I check youtr blog each day hoping for a new recipe to be posted. As a student, cooking and eating are the only things that get me through the long study hours. Now with your help I have many new recipes to try this coming semester to keep me grounded! The cheesier, the better of course….I made your caprese salad and smoked gouda mac and cheese one after the next, and I cannot wait to try your recipe for french onion soup. Never made it with gruyere…I am sure it is splendid! Thanks again for the wonderful blurbs that go along with the recipes…they always brighten my day. Keep up the good work ladies!

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Adrianna May 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

Your comment made my day, Abby!

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Blog is the New Black May 2, 2011 at 5:13 am

Awesome idea!!!

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Abby May 2, 2011 at 5:26 am

Caroline,
By the way, I must thank you personally for the smoked gouda mac and cheese…I have made some new friends in the neighborhood thanks to the cheesy goodness. My fiance and I cannot eat a whole pan ourselves, so we of course gave some to our neighbors and soon after we were invited over again (although there was a small stipulation….the recipe must be surrendered!) Our new friends are now awaiting the return of their daughter from her first senester at college and they requested we come to dinner and bring the mac and cheese. You and Adrianna have many fans here in Myrtle Beach!

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Adrianna May 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

I love me some Myrtle Beach!

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Abby May 2, 2011 at 5:32 am

OK I know this is my third blog reply today but I forgot to mention: the brownie recipe is absolutely perfect. I have tried every recipe known to man and after getting discouraged even with Ina Garten’s $20 jelly roll pan-big enough to feed an army-brownie recipe (which I thopught was going to be amazing but resulted in yet ANOTHER cakelike texture), I had given up and stocked my pantry with …..dun-dun-dun….Pillsbury mix! Yuck…I know…but I was hopeless and desperate. After seeing your recipe for fudge brownies, I decided to give it one more try. Earl’s brother and his wife came down and I made the batch for their visit. Everyone raved about them the entire weekend. They were mostly consumed in a matter of hours. The few leftover were deemed fit for breakfast. In reality, it was a fight for the last brownie. All I can say is bravo! They were chewy chocolatey goodness. Perfect in every way.

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Adrianna May 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

Haha! Abby, I heart you!

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Cole May 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

I have a similar recipe that uses Karo and sugar and PB. I like your healthy-ish, more natural version! I will def be making this ASAP!!

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Adrianna May 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Next time I’m gonna swap out the sugar for agave, which will make it infinitely more healthy!

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EatLiveRun May 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

yuuum!!! I love the sounds of this!

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Jen of My Tiny Oven May 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

I love you guys! Peanut Butter and Popcorn! Awesome, seriously Awesome!

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AJ May 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

Why have I not seen this blog?! Love peanut butter. Love popcorn. Love honey. Love sugar. I also love chocolate. And butterscotch. So this recipe might get a little bit of those from me as well. Thank you so much!

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Adrianna May 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

All very good ideas.

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Lindsey@Lindselicious May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

Oooh peanut buttery popcorn? Yes please!

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Joanne May 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Windex is the only effective way to get rid of bugs. And to cure mosquito bites. True story.

AHHH peanut butter!!! Popcorn!!! Most perfect snack food EVER.

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Katrina May 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

This is literally the popcorn of my dreams! Love this.

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Elise May 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Mmmm… I saw this recipe on the Kitchn a few years ago and immediately bookmarked it. Somehow it took me another TWO YEARS to make it, even though the sweet + salty, pb + popcorn combo was obviously going to be awesome.

So I finally made it to take on a weekend visit to some out-of-town friends… and I ended up eating the whole batch. In like 2 days. And I’m not even really embarrassed. It was that good. Thanks for the reminder to make it again (though hopefully with a bit more self restraint)!

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bianca May 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Yes miss, I will make this!

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Cakewhiz May 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

what a great idea! peanut butter on anything tastes great and with popcorns… i bet it makes an unbelievably delicious snack.

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Tara May 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

OH EM GEE…. That totally beats butter and salt on popcorn!!!

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Katie May 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

This looks delicious, but do you have any ideas for subs for the honey? My husband is allergic!
Thanks!

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Adrianna May 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Oooo…I dunno. I’d say skip the honey and make caramel (minus milk, obviously). A tablespoon of water and 3/4 sugar. Cook it until barely brown and then go from there…if you try this, let me know how it comes out! Super curious.

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mitzi @ my nikon eats food May 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm

what a fantastic flavor combination!!

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lynn @ the actor's diet May 3, 2011 at 7:23 am

yum yum and yum. i might even get crazy and add some jelly.

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Daniela May 4, 2011 at 2:19 am

Interesting combination :) Totally want to try it.

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NicoleD May 4, 2011 at 8:39 am

This looks so good and easy, too. Yum. I like asking Twitter questions, too :)

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Alli May 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I have never heard of this and I want to thank you and curse you for bringing this combination to my attention.

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molly May 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Oh my lanta. This looks incredible!!! I can’t wait to try it this weekend! :)

http://www.cravingcollective.com

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Kat May 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I think I just died and went to heaven.

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Chelsey (Cookteen) May 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

This sounds heavenly!!! I will def be making this!!! Love your recipes, as always :)

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Dana May 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

This looks too good to be true. YUM!

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I just gained 10 pounds. :-)

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Baking Serendipity May 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

like caramel corn…but even better! I can see myself eating this in excess. It’s a problem I’m willing to deal with :)

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yummy supper May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

So funny! We were just talking about peanut butter popcorn over here. Never had it, but love the idea. Now here you are with a recipe for us. Too cool!
-E

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michelle June 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

So I love the healthy version of this and I LOVE popcorn, I actually just made a huge batch of caramel corn and has some regular popcorn left over and started googleing things to do with it and stumbled upon this which will immediatly be saved to my favorites after I am through posting this…anyway…. I was wondering if there is a way to do a fun and tastey popcorn creation with splenda as a sugar free version??? or any other splenda or sugar free fat free or lowfat recipes that TASTE good because let me tell you ! I made no bake cookies with splenda ONCE they were disgusting thanks for this idea and I will definitly be browseing this blog more often !

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Adrianna June 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Ha! Well I think Splenda is pretty gross. But you’re more than welcome to try it. I use regular sugar or agave–no other substitutes. :)

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christina March 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

can u substitute the sugar with splenda or some other form of low calorie sweetener?

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Adrianna March 1, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’ve never cooked with Splenda so I’m not positive. Sorry about that!

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