Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Corn

Blame it on those cute little Boy Scouts that sold me the peanut butter cup popcorn, or maybe the fact that I have been craving peanut butter like nobody’s business. Either way I set out to find a peanut butter popcorn recipe and created the most amazing caramel popcorn I have ever tasted! :D

If peanut butter caramel corn didn’t sound amazing enough, I just had to take this caramel corn over the top! I threw in some honey roasted peanuts just for fun and it tasted great. I should have stopped there, but you know how I like to take things over the top, so I added an extra punch of peanut-buttery goodness by drizzling melted peanut butter chips and chocolate on top. Oh. My. Goodness. Incredible! If you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, you just have to give this recipe a try. Trust me! ;)

Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Corn

Yield: 20 servings

Ingredients:

20 cups popped popcorn (about 2 bags of popcorn) (or ½ cup kernels)
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
2 cups peanut butter chips
1/2 tablespoon vegetable shortening
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250° F. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Spray two large shallow baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over popcorn, stirring to coat.
Transfer coated popcorn in the prepared baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely then break into pieces. Stir in peanuts.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter chips and vegetable shortening and heat for 2-2 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Drizzle over the popcorn and toss to combine.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips until just melted and smooth (about 1-1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds). Transfer to a Ziploc bag and cut a small corner of the bag and drizzle over the popcorn. Place the two pans in the refrigerator until chocolate has hardened. Break into small pieces and serve.

Source: A Sweet Pea’s Kitchen Creation, Inspired by Cooking Light, October 2011 and Our Best Bites

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26 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Corn”

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    everydaygiggles — November 1, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Cannot wait to make this! Will probably make small cellophane bags to give to our neighbors. Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Nicole

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    Dianne — November 1, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Love all your recipes and this one does not disappoint. I just wondered if this can be packaged up to use or give later?

    • Christina replied: — November 1st, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      Dianne,
      This caramel corn would be great as a little package. I am planning on making this again around Christmas and wrap in small cellophane bags to pass out to friends and family. :)

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — November 1, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    We have a road trip coming up. It just got sweeter!

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    jennknee — November 1, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Ohhhh chocolate and peanut butter. How can something be so sinful yet soooo heavenly alllll at the same time!!
    By the way – my mom back in Alberta was in need of ideas for a couple parties. I HIGHLY recommended your site…she was super duper pleased to say the least :) She made your pumpkin bars for one party (the pan was cleaned out in seconds) and your scream cheese brownies for some kids who stopped by for a birthday celebration last night for Halloween. You have a new fan :) Maybe I’ll post a couple of her baking pictures

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    The Teenage Taste — November 1, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    This sounds like my kind of popcorn! I’d probably throw some Reeses Pieces in the mix for some extra peanut butter flavor! Yum! :-)

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    Leigh — November 1, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Oh wow. I could not be trusted alone with this. It sounds soooo good!

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    Christine — November 1, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Love popcorn. Looks good.

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    Just A Smidgen — November 1, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I smiled when I saw “inspired by Cooking Light”… you have invented your own bit of heaven… I absolutely drooled when I saw the photo of this recipe!!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — November 2, 2011 @ 5:35 am

    Oh I am drooling. I love caramel corn. I don’t know how to make or didn’t so it wasn’t that big of deal. With the recipe I think I might be in trouble. So yummy!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — November 2, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    I think I prefer this version to anything that might appear in cooking light! Sounds like the perfect thing to munch when the last Harry Potter movie comes out next week…

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    lesliepchristian — November 2, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! Love everything on your site!

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    chelsey — November 3, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    i made this the other day for my family, it was such a hit! thanks so much for the recipe:)

    • Christina replied: — November 8th, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

      Chelsey,
      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the caramel corn! I can’t wait to make more at Christmas! :)

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    cookingcollegechick — November 3, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    If I had the ingredients, I would make this right now!

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    The Food Hunter — November 4, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    My husband is going to be so happy!!

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    pronetouncontrollablefitsoflaughters — November 6, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    This looks sinfully delicious! <3 mmm…

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — November 6, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    I never would have thought to make peanut butter cup caramel popcorn but I love it! It’s one of my favorite flavor combinations and definitely one of my indulgences.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 7, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    This sounds fabulous!

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    Mandi — November 9, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    hmmm very good! I see myself watching a movie and eating this!! (I might forget watching the movie….)

    This is one I am going to try very soon!

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    Alejandra Minakata (@alemin1214) — November 10, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    Just made these… added some almonds and turned out SUPERB! :) thanks for sharing!

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    Molly — November 21, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Making this yummy popcorn treat for the second time to give to neighbors as Thanksgiving gifts. Made last week for my daughter’s teachers and they loved it!

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    Lorah — December 17, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    made this today… had trouble melting the peanut butter chips so i added a dash of milk. perfect after that!

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