Next time you're looking for a quick snack, try this sweet, peanutty popcorn. You only need about 5 ingredients, and you probably already have them in your kitchen. You can adjust the gooeyness with the amount of popcorn you use. I popped an extra 4 cups with one batch of the coating. It only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and cleanup is easy. I lined a baking sheet with wax paper and spread the air-popped corn on to drizzle the coating over top. After a quick stir, let it set a few minutes and then transfer it to a bowl. It's a bit addicting!
Source: The Kitchn
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- Vegetable oil
- Fine salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (should be free of added sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Have a clean paper shopping bag or oversized mixing bowl ready.
Heat a 4-quart heavy pan over medium heat and film the bottom with vegetable oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the popcorn, shake to distribute, then put a lid on the pan, leaving a small crack for steam to escape. When the first kernel pops, put the lid on all the way. As the popcorn starts popping, shake vigorously to make sure the kernels are distributed evenly. When the popping slows to a few seconds between pops, take the pan off the heat.
Pour the popcorn into the paper bag or bowl to cool, and attempt to leave any unpopped kernels behind in the pan. (Coated with peanut butter caramel, the unpopped kernels are a serious tooth hazard). Lightly salt the popcorn to taste.
Mix the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla.
Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until it's all coated. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
• This recipe will also cover one standard bag of microwave popcorn, so you can substitute that for the stovetop popcorn if you wish.
• This keeps well overnight. If you want the gooeyness of freshly made popcorn, though, warm a bowl of leftover popcorn in 15-second bursts in the microwave until slightly warm and soft.
• As noted in the comments, some people prefer adding something spicy, like Sriracha, in lieu of the vanilla.