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. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Dude, I’m a notorious snacker so yes, definitely making this stat! I may just have to triple the batch!

  2. I’m not usually a fan of popcorn but I could definitely get behind peanut butter caramel popcorn. Definitely need to give this a go!

  3. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says:

    This sounds great, especially with some M&Ms or chocolate chips added! Sweet snacks are definitely my go to. I wish I could be one of those weirdos that reaches for an apple, but apples are what I force myself to eat with lunch so I can have a cookie for a snack 🙂

  4. Snackers unite! I reach for the snack food way too often! I prefer popcorn too, so easy and makes me feel better than some other snacks. In fact, I’ve been known to just have popcorn for dinner. Love this peanut butter version!

    1. Popcorn for dinner is a weekly occurrence for me. 🙂

  5. Alexis @ Hummusapien says:

    Caramel + peanut butter sounds like a pretty fab combo. I’m a HUGE snacker too…I just can’t get enough! Popcorn is one of my go-to’s when I’m craving something salty and sick of hummus (gasp), so this will totally fit the bill! Yummmmm.

    1. Sick of hummus?!? Can this be? Just kidding. It’s always nice to change things up 😀

  6. love love love dark chocolate M&Ms!

  7. I do that sometimes too, Liz! It’s cheaper than buying bags all the time too.

    1. Wait, wait, wait……You can put regular popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag? Like a lunch sack? This is a game changer!!! Elaborate please. Do you seal the bag with tape? Tell me more!

      1. Hey Amy! I usually just fold the bag’s top a few times. Stop the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second. You don’t want to burn it!

  8. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    Who doesn’t love to snack?!? This caramel popcorn with the added peanuts sound and look amazing!

  9. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    LOOOOOOVE this! I have a serious problem when I have any caramel corn in my reach Totally addicting.

  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    I totally know what you mean about working from home and snacking! Basically your whole kitchen is at your disposal and when there’s tempting stuff in there, it’s tough to resist! It’s just about learning to snack smart I guess… while allowing yourself a few fistfuls of this dreamy caramel corn once in a while too! 😉 Thanks for sharing, Sally.

  11. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    I’m not normally a snacker but I’ve been having some snack-y cravings myself! Something in the air, hmm.

    This popcorn is doing nothing to help my cravings, yum yum yummy!

  12. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    I have been in a popcorn kind of mood lately…..I think this will be the next one I attack 🙂

  13. Oh goodness gracious I love this – peanut butter and caramel corn??? I’m a snacker too – I get cranky when I’m hungry : )

  14. aimee @ shugarysweets says:

    Yum. Homemade caramel corn is a staple around here! We coat it in white chocolate with peanut butter mixed in…oh yum. Reminds me, I have some photos sitting in my editor waiting…LOVE that you made your caramel with peanut butter!!!

  15. This looks so great! Love that you did a popcorn snack. We are crazy about popcorn around here!

  16. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    You and your peanut butter..haha. As a snacking queen, this caramel corn has to be made soon and quickly.

  17. We love making peanut butter popcorn! Cannot wait to try your version, I’m sure it’s amazing!

  18. Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    Need to try this.. LOVE LOVE your bowls…. They are sooo cute..

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

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

  20. 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!

  21. Master Chefette says:

    Love this idea!!!!

  22. Mary [email protected] The Sweet Tooth Life says:

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

  23. 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?

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

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

  25. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    LOVE this popcorn idea! Fabulous snack for movie nights!

  26. Heather @ French Presss says:

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

  27. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

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

  28. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

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

  29. ashley - baker by nature says:

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

  30. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    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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