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Hillbilly Hash Popcorn

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Sweet and salty crunch peanut butter popcorn with candy corn and peanuts for a fun version of hillbilly hash. A favorite fall treat just got upgraded!

close up of hillbilly hash peanut butter popcorn with candy corn and peanuts.

Popcorn coated in peanut butter caramel and baked until crunchy. It sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Because it is! Then mix in some peanuts and candy corn to make it a fall treat nobody will be able to resist!

The minute fall rolls around, the candy dishes around our city start filling up with peanuts and candy corns. Hillbilly hash! Or at least that’s what we call it here.

Some people add candy covered chocolate candies as well.  I prefer mine straight peanuts and candy corn. Though I will certainly eat the other, I just enjoy the chocolates separate.

bowl with peanut butter popcorn, candy corn and peanuts

There is just something about the savory salty peanuts and the sweet almost creamy candy corn together that is a match made in heaven.  I think the perfect combination is two to three peanuts for every candy corn.

So now my questions for you:

  1. Is this a thing where you live?
  2. If so, what do you call it?
  3. What is your preferred combination?

Of course I had to take it to the next level! I love anything peanut butter flavored and popcorn is one of our favorite snacks. So I thought some peanut butter popcorn would be a great addition to hillbilly hash.

     I had made peanut popcorn a few years back and had been looking for an excuse to make it again these last few months.  This seemed like the perfect excuse.

    Little Dude loves candy corn, so his eyes got big when he heard they were on the grocery list.  He talked me into the big bag because, ya know, we are going to “need” more as the fall goes on.

bowlful of peanut butter popcorn with peanuts and candy corn.

      Sometimes I feel like I am supposed to be a harder sell on this stuff.  But alas, he knows how to tug at my heart strings and talk my language! 😉

    So celebrate the coming of fall with some Hillbilly Hash Popcorn!

hillbilly hash popcorn on pumpkin shaped plate

Tips and Tricks

  1. Make sure the peanut butter popcorn is completely cool before you put it in an airtight container, otherwise it could get soft.
  2. The candy corn can also make the popcorn a little soft over time.  Make the popcorn ahead of time and store it in an airtight container. Mix the peanuts and candy corn in closer to serving time.  
  3. Even after being mixed, the mix will stay good for a few days. Just keep it in a plastic bag or tub. But it will be at it’s maximum freshness and crunchiness in the first day.
  4. Do you like the chocolate candies in your hillbilly hash? Toss them in too! Or drizzle the mix with chocolate!
peanut butter popcorn, peanuts and candy corn spilling out of popcorn container

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Yield: 18 Servings

Hillbilly Hash Popcorn

Bowl of peanut butter popcorn with peanuts and candy corn.

Popcorn coated in peanut butter caramel and baked until crunchy. It sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Because it is! Then mix in some peanuts and candy corn to make it a fall treat nobody will be able to resist!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F and grease a rimmed baking sheet
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in corn syrup, brown sugar and peanut butter. Cook, stirring frequently until it comes to a low boil. Continue to boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the baking soda. Be careful as the mixture is really hot and it is going to bubble up quite a bit. Pour hot peanut butter caramel over popcorn and toss to coat.
  5. Spread popcorn over prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Spread popcorn over wax paper to cool. Once cooled completely, store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  7. Before serving, toss candy corn and peanuts with popcorn.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Sweet and salty crunch peanut popcorn with candy corn and peanuts for a fun version of hillbilly hash. A favorite fall treat just got upgraded!

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Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

Thank you so much!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Friday 31st of August 2018

Perfect fall party food!!! Pinned!!!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

Yay! Thank you!

Anonymous

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Carlee, I'm pretty sure I would not be able to stop eating this popcorn. The combination of candy corn, peanut butter popcorn and peanuts is calling my name! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Have a wonderful day!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

It is really addictive and so worth it! ;-) I hope you give it a try!

Amy

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Hey we all need a little hillbilly hash popcorn in our lives, don't we!?! I love the combination that you used. It is definitely different than anything that I have used before. I hope that you are doing well and enjoying the end of Summer.

Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

We do! We love peanuts and candy corn together so this seemed like a fun way to take it to the next level!

Hardlyagoddess

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

I love making snack popcorn but honestly have never made caramel-corn like this with the baking soda-- a little scary but you make it seem easy so I may just have to try this a few times til I get it right (wink!)- Love it and featured it this week on my Friday Frenzy link-up- hope you’ll stop by to see and link-up again!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

You definitely need to try doing caramel corn with the baking soda. It's what helps get it nice and crunchy without breaking your teeth! Give it a go soon! (and thanks for the feature!)

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