Our weekends usually consist of a movie night. And no movie night is complete without snacks, preferably popcorn. I’m not sure why but I’ve never been a huge fan of caramel popcorn. I love caramel and I love popcorn but the two together for me is just kind of, meh. I do love me some peanut butter popcorn crunch, but it’s pretty sugar loaded and I consider it a once a year kind of treat. So, it was time to create something a little bit healthier but just as sweet and delicious.
I had quite a few trials and errors with this concept before I got the results I wanted. But succeed I did. This popcorn sets nicely on the outside (so no sticky fingers) but also has a nice caramely chew. It has a little bit of salt to cut through the sweetness and tastes exactly like what the title says – peanut butter and honey caramel. Delicious and addictive. At heart I’m a salted butter popcorn kind of gal but when I’m craving something sweet you can bet this is what I’ll be making.
Peanut Butter Honey Caramel Popcorn
- 1/3 cup popcorn
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Pop popcorn in desired fashion.
Place honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, continue to let it boil for 3 minutes (if the honey starts to brown, remove it immediately). Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, peanut butter and salt. Pour over popped corn. Toss with a wooden spoon until evenly coated (do not use your hands, the honey mixture is very hot). Allow to cool until set before serving.
Christmas is almost here. Ahh! I can’t believe it. Why does it seem to sneak up so fast? I’ve been putting off my Christmas “chores” thinking I’ve got tons of time and am just now realizing that I have to get it all done in less then a week. Overload! My procrastination has gotten the better of me.
When we were little it took forever for Christmas to come and now it feels like you just start getting into the holiday spirit and it’s over already. I guess the saying’s true, ‘time flies when you’re having fun’. Or when you’re stressed out. But, hopefully it’s because you’re having fun. :) I’m trying to put it at the forefront of my mind to enjoy the holiday and not worry about everything being perfect. Simple recipes like this one definitely help.
Peanut butter. Popcorn. Chocolate cover peanuts. Pretzels. All four drool worthy on there own, but when combined they make one deliciously fast and easy snack or last minute food gift. I like to think that this is a little healthier then caramel popcorn since it has some protein in the peanuts and peanut butter. That always makes things healthier right? ;)
All the aspects are here for a perfectly balanced and addicting snack. Sweet and salty, crunchy and contains chocolate. Perfect for curling up on the couch in your pj’s and munching away while you watch your favourite holiday flick. Hmm… I think I’m going to go take my own advice right now.
One Year Ago: Christmas with honey & jam
Peanut Butter Popcorn Crunch
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup liquid honey
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate covered peanuts
- Mix together popcorn and pretzels.
- Place sugar, honey and syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until melted.
- Pour hot peanut butter mixture over popcorn and pretzels. Toss until evenly coated. Allow to cool before adding chocolate covered peanuts.
Makes approximately: 10 cups
* Avoid the urge to boil the sugar mixture for longer then 2 minutes. This will make the coating set up too hard.
* If you won’t be eating this right away, lay it out on baking sheets to dry. This way it won’t clump together in one solid mass.