Crunchy peanut butter popcorn with that perfect sweet and salty balance. This popcorn is so fun to snack on!
Caramelly crunchy popcorn is almost always a good thing in my opinion. Add a kick of peanut butter and I am all in. Every. Single. Time. This peanut butter popcorn has that sweet and salty thing going for it. It is a perfect snack for movie night, tailgating or just because!
Little Dude and I both have a love for peanut butter and popcorn. So, I thought we should mix them together and see how it goes.
The first time I tried making peanut butter popcorn, I made it using the same idea as Jenny’s Smacky Delcious Mix and Grandma Scharnhorst’s Microwave Caramel Corn where you use the microwave to dry it out.
While that method works great for some things and certainly saves some time, I couldn’t get the texture I wanted for this recipe. So I reverted to using the oven like baked caramel corn.
Baking it in the oven does take a little bit of time, but it is totally worth it. Besides, it is not active time. You can be doing other things while you wait for the timer to beep. Then it’s just a quick stir and back in the oven. Eay peasy!
Little Dude LOOOOOOOOVES watching the popcorn pop in the air popper. It is so much fun to have him help pour the popcorn in and then wait for the magic to happen.
He enjoys telling me it is hot and can’t wait for the popping noise to start. He also likes to help eat the popcorn when it is done. Every time he sees the kernels or the popper, he starts begging!
So he really enjoyed making this. All you have to do is pop the corn, make a quick peanut buttery caramel and throw it in the oven for a bit to harden. Ta da! Yummy peanut butter popcorn!
Tips and Tricks
- Be sure to use a large saucepan when making the caramel. It foams and expands when you stir in the baking soda.
- Make sure to spread over wax paper while it is still warm otherwise it will harden into one big sheet of popcorn and may stick to the pan.
- Cool completely before storing to optimal crunchiness and longest shelf life.
- Want an extra decadent treat? Drizzle with melted chocolate!
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