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.

Easy and addicting peanut butter caramel corn! The peanut butter caramel sauce only has 3 ingredients! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Easy and addicting peanut butter caramel corn! The peanut butter caramel sauce only has 3 ingredients! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 Caramel Corn on Sally's Baking Addiction

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 on Sally's Baking Addiction

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.

Easy and addicting peanut butter caramel corn! The peanut butter caramel sauce only has 3 ingredients! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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

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

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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151 Comments

  1. [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

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

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

    1. So glad you liked it. Thanks Allison!

  3. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    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!

  4. Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    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.

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

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

    1. Thank you! They are from Anthropologie.

  6. Nutmeg Nanny says:

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

  7. 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?

    1. Hi Hansi – adding a little melted chocolate is a great idea. 🙂 Enjoy!

      1. What about tossing in chocolate chips……any suggestions?

  8. Joy @ Baking-Joy says:

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

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

  10. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    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!!!

  11. 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.

    1. 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.

  12. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    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. 😀

  13. 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!

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

  14. 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!!

    1. 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!

      1. 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!!

      2. 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.

  15. 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!

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

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

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

  17. 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?

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

      1. ok thanks! Just wanted to make sure I made it right… 🙂

  18. 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.)

    1. 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)

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

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

      1. Silly me, Baby brain, Looking forward to seeing your cookbook ! Thanks for the quick reply 🙂

  20. 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…

  21. 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!
    Jenny

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

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

    1. Corn syrup should be fine to use.

  23. 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.

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

  25. Do you need to bake the peanut butter?

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

    1. I’m sure that would be fine.

  27. 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 🙂

  28. 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!

    1. Hi Janette. The popcorn stays pretty chewy.

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

    1. That should be OK in this recipe.

  30. Andrea in Texas says:

    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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