Peanut Butter Popcorn

I hope you guys all had a great Thanksgiving spent with the people you love. I spent mine with friends and all the food everyone brought was really amazing. I think it’s fair to say that I ate the most at Thanksgiving out of everyone but when it came to dessert I didn’t really eat that much. I made all of the pies and when I make a dish sometimes I don’t eat much of it because I’m too busy thinking, “Oh, I should have cooked that longer. That pie needed more filling…”
But the next day I went to the gym and ran my buns off…
…and then came home and ate pie.
I repented and had an egg white omelet for lunch.
…and then I ate more pie.
Friday I did not feel like fighting the crowds so I opted to stay home and have movie night with the kids. I made this peanut butter popcorn that was sent to me by a reader, Jennifer. Her mom has been making it since she was a kid. I loved it. It has just enough peanut butter flavor with the texture of caramel corn (which I just realized I haven’t posted yet on this blog). I actually forgot to add the peanuts and added them after I took this picture. It’s great without peanuts too. Just to warn you it’s terribly addicting.
On Wednesday I will be kicking off our Virtual Cookie Exchange with 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! I have some fabulous food blogger friends lined up to share some of their favorite holiday cookies as well as some from yours truly.
Peanut Butter Popcorn
Prep Time
21 hrs 59 mins
Cook Time
21 hrs 59 mins
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn or 16 cups popped popcorn I used 2 bags of microwavable popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Pop corn and remove any unpopped kernels. Place in a large bowl and stir in peanuts. (Jennifer pops hers in a 9X13 pan and keeps it warm in a 250 degree oven)
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, honey and corn syrup. Bring mixture to boiling, continue boiling for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not boil too long or your popcorn will be rock hard. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Immediately pour over popcorn and stir to coat. Serve warm or a room temperature.
Recipe Notes
Source: Jennifer Francis from Crafty Dr. Mom

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  1. looks and sounds great!

    have a nice time,

  2. This popcorn sounds delicious, way better than caramel corn. Have you thought about drizzling it with chocolate?

  3. Oh this just sounds freakishly good. I must make this. Especially since my husband and his two friends demolished the batch of caramel popcorn I made over the weekend! haha

  4. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Christy! Glad you liked it!

  5. Do you have to use the corn syrup?

  6. @Annette,
    Honey is a good substitute for corn syrup. This already has honey in the recipe so I’m not sure if the flavor would be too overpowering. I have not tried it.

  7. Christy – I am new to your blog and I love it. I can soooo relate to the title of your blog – I love to eat. This peanut butter popcorn looks amazing – may have to give it for some Christmas treats!


  8. I made this today. Did not have honey so used all corn syrup instead. It turned out great!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe for this yummy popcorn.


  9. yuuuuuuuuuuuum! perfect for tonight! oh and i can’t wait for the cookie exchange! that’s great idea. let me know if you ever do another!

  10. this looks so good but so dangerous!

  11. I am totally making this today. It would be great to munch on whatching the junior high boys play basketball

    Do you have to bake it or just let it cool?

  12. @vhoiten,
    No you don’t have to bake it. Orginally she kept the popcorn warm in the oven while making the sauce. I didn’t do that. Serve warm or at room temperature.

  13. You’re killing me with this! It won’t be long be I try this recipe, for sure. Yum.

  14. I was looking for a recipe like this, and here it is! Thanks 🙂

  15. So how much do you run so you can eat whatever you want? Seriously, I want to know! 🙂 I need to run a ton so I can eat anything. I love food too much.

  16. Wow that sounds awesome, my girls will flip! Found you through glad I did love your blog 🙂

  17. This looks so delicious!! I have been craving peanut butter lately! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I made this and it was delicious. I like mine a bit crunchy, so ended up baking it for a while, about 30-40 minutes on low, stirring often. When it was done it tasted just like cracker jacks!YUM

  19. I made it last night, and liked it. I left the peanuts out because I just wanted to use what I had on hand. Today I had some, and loved it and might end up eating the rest of it all by myself! Thanks for the great recipe. Would love to see your caramel popcorn recipe.

  20. made this at a big family get-together sunday and it was GREAT! thanks for sharing and thanks to jennifer for sending it to you! we made some with peanuts and some without. the men all said the peanuts are a MUST and it makes it taste like a candy bar. the kids, not so much. i just loved it. 😀

  21. I make this all the time- it was introduced to me by some friends and my husband and I love it. I have always used a cup of corn syrup, so I like the idea of only using half a cup along with a half cup of honey to make it slightly healthier. I haven’t ever added whole peanuts either so maybe I’ll try that too.

    One difference is that I don’t bring anything on the stove to a boil, I just heat and stir until the corn syrup and sugar are melted together and smooth.

  22. Oh and I personally prefer it once it has cooled off.

  23. I made this and was disappointed that it stayed sticky…I was hoping it would dry a bit or something, but it stayed sticky and messy to eat. Tasted delish, but the texture made it hard to enjoy. Oh, and I doubled the recipe and had a whole ton of the peanut butter mixture left over, too. I could have doubled the popcorn and halved the mix and been okay, I think.

  24. I’ve made this twice. The first time, my husband said the honey taste was too strong, so this time I used all corn syrup. Much better. Easy recipe to make.