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.

peanut butter caramel corn in a teal bowl

I’ve been feeling rather snacky lately. 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.

I make microwave popcorn all the time. My favorite is kettle corn, but I’m no stranger to light butter. You can usually find me munching on the stuff as I sit here at my desk or on the couch. 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 fix. I took three simple ingredients, added them to a saucepan, and poured them over my popcorn. Easy stuff!

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

peanut butter caramel corn on a silpat baking mat

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.

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:

peanut butter honey mixture in a saucepan with a spatula

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. 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.

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

peanut butter caramel corn with a bowl of peanuts

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. 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.

peanut butter caramel corn in a ceramic bowl

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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peanut butter caramel corn in a teal bowl

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10-11 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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.


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


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Pop 10-12 cups of popcorn and pour it into a large bowl. Toss in the peanuts. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Keywords: peanut butter caramel corn

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  1. Neel | Learn Food Photography says:

    Hi Sally, This is amazing recipe of popcorns.

    I don’t know how I stumbled on your blog but this recipe is amazing. There is a great place in Dallas, TX where they have, I believe 24 different varieties of popcorns. This post reminded me of my time in Dallas.

    Thank you so much for sharing this post.


  2. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen says:

    Omg! Dairy free caramel corn, in clusters and with peanut butter! This is too good to be true. Do those non-popcorn-aholics realize what this means? We can eat MORE popcorn when its in giant clusters. Making this for sure & pinning.

  3. If it makes vacuming go easier than it is worth a try! Sounds great. Can I add m and m’s?

    1. Mmm yes, adding m&ms is a great idea!

  4. Yum!! Popcorn is an everyday occurrence around here! And well the peanut butter part is just awesome! I just posted peanut butter swirled ice cream. Can never have to much peanut butter!

  5. Gloria @ Simply Gloria says:

    Sally, I love how you used the ingredient honey. The consistency has got to be amazing with the crunch of the popcorn! And, the nuts! I’m such a muncher, too. Even while I’m driving, if I’m not munching on food…it’s ice! Crazy, I know…but it’s how I roll! (=

    1. Yep, I snack and drive at the same time too. 🙂

  6. Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Uh… yes! I love the peanut additions in there! I am a huge snacker… its bad. Im thinking a bowl of popcorn sounds pretty fab right now 😉

  7. I love that you always use ingredients that I already have in my pantry. Can’t want to try these 🙂
    Congratulations on leaving the corporate world to work on your amazing blog- you are my hero!!
    Oh and I’m a Maryland girl too- let’s go o’s!!

    1. Yeah O’s!!!! Kara, I love easy, carefree recipes. I hate making extra special trips to the grocery store. Especially for ingredients I’ll never use again.

  8. Pooja @ Running the Body says:

    Hey Sally! This recipe looks great–I think I may have to make it tomorrow as a snack.

    Quick question–approximately what amount of unpopped kernels would create 10 cups of popped popcorn? I have a bottle of plain kernels and I can never really get the amount right!

    1. Hey Pooja! I would say 3-4 Tbsp of kernels would yield enough.

  9. Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    You know I’m a BIG time snacker. I love this, Sally! I have a caramel corn recipe that I love but I have to try with PB next time!

  10. I am such a snacker! Def prefer snacks over a real meal. That’s probably not good… 🙂

    This caramel corn looks great! The perfect snack to go with a movie!

  11. I love that you are adding “action” and process photographs…seeing intermediate steps is always nice. Does this mean that the lighting in your new house is better? 😀 I think I’d love to add butterscotch chips to this recipe, or honey-roasted peanuts. I can imagine that this recipe would be very popular at parties! 🙂

    1. Much better lighting here, Caley! And I am home during the day so I have time to bake during the day and take more photos. Thanks for noticing!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I love caramel corn and this reminds me of my white chocolate-peanut butter popcorn post last week, right down to we used the same Anthro bowl 🙂 Seriously cannot go wrong with homemade caramel corn – made with PB! So good and I bet so addicting! I love honey roasted peanuts (not in something like brownies or cookies) but on their own and in this, mmm, so good 🙂

  13. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! says:

    I am feeling quite snacky and this looks like it will hit the spot! Thanks!

  14. Good idea. We get snacky at night during TV time and I have a small-ish chocolate chip addiction that I’m trying to break. This just might be the substitute. 😉

    1. You could always add chocolate chips to the popcorn too.. 😉

  15. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} says:

    My name is Anna and I too am a peanutbutteraholic!

    This looks like a great snack Sally, thanks for sharing.

    1. peanutbutteraholics unite!

  16. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    This looks like it would be a huge hit at parties. I can see it being incredibly addicting too. Those two things make this another winning recipe!

  17. Lisa @hooplapalooza says:

    i’m gonna make this. probably 10 times over + more.
    dag blast it. there go my hips.

  18. Julie @ Table for Two says:

    I’m a total snacker! In fact, I’m about to go grab something to snack on right now…it’s really bad!’ve got me craving this popcorn really badly now. It’s like the best combination for popcorn..I’m desperately trying to resist making this right now!

  19. Avery @ SBLW says:

    Ahhh love it! I’m such a popcorn girl…and a peanut butter girl…and caramel….yes, this is acceptable 🙂

  20. Laurie Campbell says:

    I’m a peanut butter freak, too! No doubt I will be forced to make this sometime this week. I also love Cinnamon Bun Popcorn. Here in the Dallas area, we have Popcorn Papa, which is a very unique gourmet popcorn shop… You would go crazy in there! Their birthday cake popcorn and the peanut butter white chocolate are two of my faves. Have you every tried the popcorn from Popcornopolis? It’s divine, but a little pricey, so I just make my own.

    1. cinnamon bun popcorn sounds incredible! I might have to make it Laurie! And so does birthday cake popcorn! I’ve never tried Popcornopolis I don’t think…

  21. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    That looks so great Sally! I love this idea of adding peanut butter to caramel corn! Seriously how amazing does that sound?

    1. It’s pretty darn good, Jocelyn. 🙂 Thank you!

  22. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    This is a fantastic recipe Sally! And oh, the at-home snacking. When you solve that problem, let me know! 🙂

  23. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says:

    Talk about the ultimate snack! This sounds amazing, Sally. And I’m loving the addition of honey. My favorite kind of peanut butter to snack on is honey roasted, so that is the perfect ingredient to add to this popcorn. Mixing in some peanuts is great to add more flavor and texture. I might even mix in peanut M&Ms or peanut butter M&Ms if I want to get crazy! 🙂

    1. I make homemade honey roasted peanut butter on a weekly basis. I go through it so quickly! It’s my favorite kind of peanut butter too 🙂 Love the idea of peanut M&Ms!

  24. Anne @The Cooking Campaign says:

    This is a tasty looking snack!

  25. I am in love with this combination! I’ve been craving caramel corn lately and never thought to add peanut butter to it! Perfect 🙂

  26. did you know that there is a blog on Tumblr that literally takes your photos and posts them the day you put them up? just wondering because there are A LOT of your pictures on their blog. your watermark is still on them, but still.

    1. Hey Evelyn! I do know that my photos are all over Tumblr. What is the URL for the one you are referring to?

      1. it’s

      2. Thanks Evelyn!

  27. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    I’m CONSTANTLY snacking. It’s usually cheddar cheese, baby carrots, or peanut butter on a spoon.
    Peanut butter popcorn sounds so good! I think I many need a LARGE batch to take with me back to school in the fall!

    1. We reach for the same kinds of snacks Faith! Pb spoons are the best. Hope you enjoy this if you make it!

  28. I would eat this stuff up, and not leave any peanuts for anyone else, either.

  29. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    I love snacking. Kettle Corn is my favorite too- just devoured a big bag from costco tonight! Love the caramel & peanut butter combo 🙂 Hope you are enjoying life as a full time blogger/recipe developer/photographer and your book is going along well 🙂 p.s. I am sure it is! 🙂

  30. I do love this idea–I’ve been out since I got food poisoning on Friday, but these are the first things I came across that have really gotten me excited that I can start to eat again. Fantastic idea–can’t wait to try them and rare up the tummy again!

    1. I hope you are feeling better, Ala!

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