Peanut Butter Caramel Corn.

Salty, sweet, sticky, and easy-to-make Peanut Butter Caramel Corn. You won’t be able to put this stuff down! A 20 minute recipe.

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I’ve been feeling rather snacky lately. And when I say lately, I mean all the time.

Are you a snacker too?

Hand me  some hummus, veggies, granola, grapes, peanut butter, trail mix, and pretzels over a meal any day.  Working from home has put a small shift on my eating habits and I found myself reaching for little nibbles here and there yesterday and today.  The fix? Popcorn, of course. Love the stuff.

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I make microwave popcorn all the time.  My favorite kind is kettle corn, but I’m no stranger to light butter. You can usually find me munching on the stuff as I sit here and blog.  And yes, I’m eating it right now.

But this week I wanted a little something extra on my popcorn.  Nothing outrageous or complicated, but a flavor boost to my regular popcorn rotation. I took three simple ingredients, added them to a saucepan, and poured them over my popcorn.  Voila!

This popcorn makes me love snack time even more.  I didn’t even know that was possible.

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Here’s the plan.

Pop a bag of “natural style” popcorn or make your own with a popcorn maker or on the stovetop. Any sort of popcorn that isn’t flavored or heavily buttered. Even light buttered popcorn will be ok. You want about 10-12 cups of popcorn, which is a typical full size bag.

The popcorn I used was a store-brand natural style white popcorn:

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Pour the popped popcorn in a large bowl and make your peanut butter “caramel” sauce.

For the sauce, boil some honey and sugar together.  Watch it boil for about three minutes.  Stir in a pinch or two of salt.  Keeping the saucepan on heat, stir in your peanut butter until everything is silky smooth.

Like so:

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Shower your innocent popcorn with the peanut butter/honey mixture.  Those little kernels never saw that peanut butter coming!  Mix it all around, trying hard not to break up the kernels.

Next, and completely optional:  add some roasted peanuts to the peanut butter caramel corn.  As if you were surprised.  I love peanuts (<- yes, I buy those).  In fact, every time I make my Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow, my friends ask me where all the peanuts went.  One friend said he didn’t even know peanuts were in it.  Guilty as charged. I eat all the peanuts first.  I can’t help it… peanuts and peanut butter must run through my veins or something.

I’m a peanutaholic. And a peanutbutteraholic.

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I love the added texture the peanuts gave the popcorn! An extra satisfying crunch.

Spread the peanut butter caramel corn onto a parchment paper or silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet.  The popcorn will form large clusters, which is OK – it will break up easily when you take a serving.  Allow it to cool for a few minutes.

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And then… dig in. So much chewy goodness.

The clusters with the most peanut butter coating on them were my favorite. Naturally.

This is such a simple snack to make and share with others. Simple, quick, practically no baking at all. And it is so easy to make in bulk! I tripled the recipe by popping three bags of popcorn and tripling the rest of the ingredients. I sent Kevin off to work with some and we have a big container of the rest on the counter. It’s fun to grab a bowl of it and plop myself in front of the TV or computer.

Oh! And this peanut butter caramel corn does a wonderful job at making cleaning more fun. I know from experience. Grab a bowl and munch as you go. I got a lot of vacuuming done yesterday and I have to be honest: I enjoyed it.

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So tell me, what is your favorite snack? I have a feeling your answer may change after you make my latest obsession.  It’s about time peanut butter joined the popcorn party.

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Yield: 10-11 cups

Print Recipe

Salty, sweet, sticky, and easy-to-make Peanut Butter Caramel Corn. You won't be able to put this stuff down! This recipe is *gluten free.*


  • 10 cups unflavored popped popcorn (homemade or 1 standard size bag)
  • 2/3 cup dry-roasted peanuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Pop 10-12 cups of popcorn and pour it into a large bowl. Toss in the peanuts. Set aside.

Over medium heat, warm the honey and sugar together in a medium sized saucepan. Stir occasionally. Once it begins to bubble, allow it to boil for about 3 minutes. Add the salt and peanut butter and stir until smooth. Remove from heat.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the popcorn/nuts. Toss gently to coat practically every kernel. The popcorn will form large clusters. Spread the popcorn onto prepared baking sheet and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 10-12 cups. Popcorn remains fresh for up to 10 days covered at room temperature. If storing in a tight container, be sure to break up the popcorn as you serve it because it will form large clusters.

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142 Responses to “Peanut Butter Caramel Corn.”

  1. #
    joanposted April 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Printed and pinned. I am going to visit my daughter next week and can’t wait to make this.


    • Sallyreplied on April 24th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you for pinning Joan! Let me know how you both like it.


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    Ashleyposted April 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Oh mah gah! This popcorn looks incredible. I grew up in a snacky family. We always ate dinner early just so we could have an evening snack. Many times we would talk about what we’re planning to snack on while eating dinner. Ha! I love this (easy) twist on plain ol’ popcorn!


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    Master Chefetteposted April 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Love this idea!!!!


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    Mary Frances@ The Sweet Tooth Lifeposted April 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Peanut butter + caramel + popcorn? Yes, yes, yes! I’m a big snacker, too and this will be a great change up!


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    Mercedesposted April 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    What’s not to love about this super quick and easy scrumptious snack! Does the pb mixture dry somewhat or does it remain quite gooey?


    • Sallyreplied on April 24th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      The peanut butter/caramel “hardens” like it does with caramel corn


  6. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted April 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I do love me some popcorn!


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    Jessieposted April 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Hey, look, this sounds great… but if you promise it makes cleaning better? I must make it immediately!!!


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    LOVE this popcorn idea! Fabulous snack for movie nights!


  9. #
    Heather @ French Presssposted April 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    give me a snack over a meal any day! love the caramel and peanut butter combo


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted April 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Why have I never thought about peanut butter popcorn?! I want to eat a huge bowl of this right now!


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    Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreationsposted April 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Spiked up popcorn is so awesome! I could never say no to peanut butter flavored popcorn


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    ashley - baker by natureposted April 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Oh me goooooooosh, I can only imagine how completely addicting this stuff must be!


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    Meghan @ The Tasty Forkposted April 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    YUM! I’m a little spoiled in the popcorn department since I can get Garrett’s whenever I have a craving. But I love the addition of peanut butter, obviously!! I’ve never had peanut butter popcorn before.


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    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchenposted April 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Oh I am all about the popcorn! I have it for dinner on nights that I work late. This does sound really really good!


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    Allisonposted April 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I made this last night—the most amazing treat I’ve had in a long time. Thanks for sharing!


    • Sallyreplied on April 25th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      So glad you liked it. Thanks Allison!


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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted April 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Oh girl, if it can make vacuuming fun, you KNOW it must be good! I hate cleaning, and I love popcorn. And peanut butter. And I’m pretty sure I will love this too!


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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodieposted April 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I worked at a movie theatre for years so naturally I avoided popcorn like the plague. Since then I’ve come to really enjoy popcorn again – but I really LOVE caramel popcorn. It’s SO freaking addicting!! And then you go and throw peanut butter in it! I digress.


    • Sallyreplied on April 25th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I’m sure working with popcorn day in and day out would help me lose my addiction to it real quick!


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    Sineadposted April 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    This looks really yummy – I love the cute little bowls too!


    • Sallyreplied on April 25th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you! They are from Anthropologie.


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    Nutmeg Nannyposted April 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I am very much a snacker :) popcorn is one of my favorites and this looks amazing!


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    Hansiposted April 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Oh yuuummmm….. this combination is sinful. Totally making this as my study snack :)
    Do you think it would be okay if I added a little melted chocolate on top?


    • Sallyreplied on April 26th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Hansi – adding a little melted chocolate is a great idea. :) Enjoy!


      • Tracie G.replied on November 19th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        What about tossing in chocolate chips……any suggestions?

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    Joy @ Baking-Joyposted April 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Peanut butter is welcome at any party :-) This looks so good, on my list to try!


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    Zachposted April 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).


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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted April 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I am so sure that I would enjoy cleaning so much more if I had a big batch of this to munch on :-) Peanut butter popcorn sounds like the perfect way to get my laundry and floors done in a hurry! I love those cute little bowls too!!!


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    Reneeposted April 30, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Heavenly! Just made this with air popped popcorn and crunchy peanut butter. Absolutely amazing! I’m struggling to leave it alone, it’s still warm and i’m positive i’ll eat the entire batch by the end of the night.
    Thanks for the amazing post! I will be checking out the rest of your blog very soon :)

    Found on pinterest by a little canadian girl =)

    keep up the good work.


    • Sallyreplied on May 1st, 2013 at 6:44 am

      I need to try it with crunchy peanut butter next time. So happy you like it! Let me know what you make next. Thanks Renee! Glad you found my site.


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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted May 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Oh, Sally! This sounds awesome. Peanuts and honey and popcorn. Yummy! It sounds incredibly dangerous. Popcorn is like chips. I can. not. stop. Until it’s ALL gone. Oh! I know. Small batch. I can totally do that. 😀


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    Ashleyposted May 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Sally you are killing my pre-wedding diet! I just made this tonight for a snack for the hubbs-to-be and he exclaimed: “Homemade Fiddle Faddle!”. Seeing his face was worth the burned finger I obtained trying to snag a little of the hot PB mixture (yeah yeah I should know better….). I plan on linking back to this on my blog, as I love recipes that a normal human can really make on a weeknight!


    • Sallyreplied on May 30th, 2013 at 3:54 am

      I’m so glad you both love this, Ashley! And yes, this is SO easy to make anytime, really.


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    Lisa Lposted August 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Sally– did you know you can make your own homemade microwave popcorn? Much cheaper & healthier — none of the added chemicals of the processed kind. All you do is pour 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels in a paper bag, add 2 teaspoons of oil, fold the top of the bag over a couple of times, place in the microwave (on its side) & cook on high about 2-3 minutes until you stop hearing them pop for about 3 seconds. Try it, it works!!


    • Sallyreplied on August 26th, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Hey Lisa! Yep, I’ve tried that before. And it’s such an easy way to make popcorn at home. I haven’t done it that way in awhile, so thank you for reminding me!


      • Lisa Lreplied on August 26th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        BTW– Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. I appreciate all the work and effort you obviously put into it and your photography is excellent. I started a food blog a couple of years ago, I have been cooking and baking for years, even had my own restaurant for awhile. But that blogging is a lot of work! And, I’m not a great photographer or food styler, two things very necessary for a successful food blog. I have many, many recipes in my collection, and lots of food tips, but just don’t have the time necessary to put into it. So– kudos to you, and I will just enjoy your blog and not worry about mine!!

        • Sallyreplied on August 26th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

          Oh goodness yes! Blogging is so much work! I really appreciate all of your kind words. It’s a journey. I always try to improve on my photography. It really just takes practice! I’m so glad you enjoy following my blog Lisa. Thanks so much.

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    Caitlinposted November 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Made this 2 days ago and it’s all gone! So sad!! It was SO delicious!!! I see all these caramel corn popcorn containers with nuts and other yummy additions in the stores and now I know that I can make it myself, so thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on December 1st, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Caitlin, so happy you made this caramel corn. It’s truly one of my favorite recipes. And so simple!


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    Vimithaposted December 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Sally, A small doubt. Could I replace honey with maple syrup?


    • Sallyreplied on December 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      You actually could replace with maple syrup. Though I’ve never tried it, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.


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    Soniaposted January 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hey Sally! Just made this tonight and it is quite delicious. One question though: is it supposed to be more on the chewy side or more on the crunchy side?


    • Sallyreplied on January 15th, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Hey Sonia! The caramel corn is supposed to be chewy. Some bites may be crunchy, but it’s on the chewier side.


      • Soniareplied on January 15th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        ok thanks! Just wanted to make sure I made it right… :)

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    stephanieposted January 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Sally, have you ever tried this with dark/light brown sugar? I was just curious if you preferred the white. All of my recipes call for light, but I have read if you use dark makes it more like cracker jacks.)


    • Sallyreplied on January 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Stephanie, I actually have tried this with dark brown sugar. And yes, it does taste like cracker jacks! You’ll love it. (assuming you like cracker jacks, of course)


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    Andreaposted February 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I thought I saw a just plain caramel corn recipe on your blog am I somewhere or.did you remove that recipe??


    • Sallyreplied on February 16th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Hey Andrea! I’ve never had a caramel corn recipe on my blog, but I do have one in my cookbook.


      • Andreareplied on February 16th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        Silly me, Baby brain, Looking forward to seeing your cookbook ! Thanks for the quick reply :)

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    aymiposted February 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    omg sally iv just discovered your website recently and each of ur recipes just blow me away its like they were customised for me! im a pb lover too and ur combinations are insane like come on! hopefully will buy your cook book one day…


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    Jenniferposted March 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Ommgggg. I made this today! So easy to make. :) I was a little hesitant at the chewy ness… but I started eating it anyways and it was so yummy. I put mini m&ms in it also. Yummmmm. I ate half the batch by myself!


    • Sallyreplied on March 15th, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Love adding M&Ms to this stuff. Thanks for reporting back, Jennifer. Happy you like it!


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    Billieposted June 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    This looks delicious, but I’m vegan. Any suggestions on what to use instead of the honey?


    • Sallyreplied on June 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Corn syrup should be fine to use.


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    Pattiposted December 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

    This is a very good recipe. Just for kicks I threw in a couple Tb butter in the syrup mix… Also, I melted chocolate and drizzled it from a sandwich bag (cut a slit in the corner) all over the whole thing when it was cooling on the cookie sheet. It is great as is, but leave it to me to go too far in the calorie dept.
    thx again…LOVE YOUR blog.


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    CCposted December 19, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Oh looking forward to gifting some of this for christmas time- was wondering if i could sub the honey for golden syrup?


  38. #
    Connieposted January 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Do you need to bake the peanut butter?


    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2015 at 8:10 am



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    Lauren S.posted February 26, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Would I be able to substitute the bagged kernel-less “puff corn” for the traditional popcorn in this recipe?


    • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      I’m sure that would be fine.


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    Nicolleposted March 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I was on break last week and decided to have a baking spree! I made so many of your recipes (mostly pb recipes). My boyfriend and his friends LOVED this popcorn so before I left I made a double batch to hold them over haha. I also made the zucchini bread, pb fudge, cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries, brown sugar cookies, onion rings, and the honey bbq chicken tenders. I guess I went a little crazy, but we love your recipes :)


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    janetteposted April 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Does the popcorn crisp up? It seems like it would be a little chewy… I have never made a caramel corn recipe without putting it in the oven to dry out before eating…. I would love to try this because I love peanut butter!


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Janette. The popcorn stays pretty chewy.


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    Angelicaposted June 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Do you think it would be alright to reduce the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup?


    • Sallyreplied on June 5th, 2015 at 6:57 am

      That should be OK in this recipe.


  43. #
    Andrea in Texasposted August 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Second batch made this week!!  Popcorn is among one of my favorites and now THIS is my favorite way to have it…thank you for being so ingenious!


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    Jen in Kansasposted October 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Made this tonight. Tastes great, but left a terrible sticky goop in the bottom of my saucepan that I can’t seem to get out. I think the previous comment about the addition of some butter is spot-on. This might have saved one of my favorite pans…


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    Dunia McMasterposted December 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    So going to make this when my grandson is here. Used to make just caramel popcorn when my kids were small…….but the added peannut butter sounds so yummy, thank u :) :)


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