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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!

Crunchy peanut butter popcorn mixed with peanuts and candy corn for a fun hillbilly hash snack mix.

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!

Ingredients ready to be made into hillbilly hash popcorn.

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 of crunchy peanut butter popcorn with roasted peanuts and candy corn ready to be mixed in.

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.

Bowl 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!

White serving bowl filled with crunchy peanut butter popcorn mixed with Indian corn candy corn and peanuts.

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!
Hand filled with crunchy peanut butter popcorn, peanuts and candy corn ready to eat.

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Hillbilly Hash Popcorn

Servings: 18 Servings
Author: Carlee
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!
4.93 from 14 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • cup corn syrup
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup salted peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 250°F and grease a rimmed baking sheet
  • Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside
    12 cups popped popcorn
  • 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.
    ¼ cup butter, ⅓ cup corn syrup, ⅔ cup light brown sugar, ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 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.
    1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Spread popcorn over prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Spread popcorn over wax paper to cool. Once cooled completely, store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  • Before serving, toss candy corn and peanuts with popcorn.
    2 cup candy corn, 1 cup salted peanuts



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 194mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Hi Carleee love this recipe idea. Is there a way of doing this without a use of a oven?


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

You can finish off the popcorn in a paper bag in a microwave if you prefer. Follow the directions in the microwave caramel corn recipe. You need to cook the peanut butter mixture on the popcorn in some way though, otherwise it would be very sticky and gooey.


Saturday 8th of September 2018

Thank you so much!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Friday 31st of August 2018

Perfect fall party food!!! Pinned!!!


Saturday 8th of September 2018

Yay! Thank you!


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!


Saturday 8th of September 2018

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


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


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!)