The name peanut butter popcorn is far too simple for what this popcorn really is. Crack. Addicting, one bite and you can’t stop, crack. At least, you’ll feel that way if you love peanut butter and chocolate and popcorn and all those perfect things in life like I do.
So, I am and always have been crazy about popcorn (see above). However, I was also one of those people who often stated, “I love popcorn, it’s such a healthy snack.” How lame. Yes, plain, air popped popcorn is healthy. It’s true. (However, let’s NOT talk about movie theatre popcorn –> stop fooling yourselves friends). But you know what? Plain old popcorn is not that good. It’s okay. But that’s it. Just okay. So, let’s pretend that air popped healthy popcorn covered in sin is just plain old popcorn underneath, and we can call this recipe healthy too.
PEANUT BUTTER POPCORN
Source: Adapted from Crafty Dr. Mom
- 1/2 C of unpopped popcorn kernels or 16 C popped
- 1/2 C dry roasted peanuts
- 1 C white sugar
- 1/2 C honey
- 1/2 C corn syrup
- 1 C peanut butter (creamy)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4-6 large Reese’s peanut butter cups, crumbled.
1. Pop kernels and removed any unpopped kernels. (If you care about your teeth at all, do NOT skip this step). Place in a LARGE bowl and stir mix in peanuts.
– Use the largest bowl you’ve got. Stirring 16 C of popcorn up is not an easy task in a standard mixing bowl.
2. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, honey and corn syrup. Bring mixture to boiling, continuing to boil while stirring, for 1-2 minutes. DO NOT BOIL OVER 2 MINUTES. Your popcorn will
break your perfect teeth be rock hard. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Immediately pour over popped popcorn and stir to coat. After mixing well (and allowing to cool slightly), stir in crumbled peanut butter cup pieces.