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Popcorn is covered in a sweet and addictive peanut butter coating.

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Growing up, the Christmas season really started 12 days before Christmas. We loved to do the 12 days of Christmas to a friend or a neighbor. You know the one – where on the first day, you’d anonymously give a family a can of pears for the “partridge in a pear tree”, on the second day you’d give some chocolate turtles for the “two turtle doves”, and so forth. I’m sure most of us have either done this for someone or been the recipient at some time in our lives. I just remember always being so excited to do this as a kid. There is something exciting about dropping off a gift on someone’s doorstep and running off, trying not to be seen.

But since I can’t drop something on each of your doorsteps this season, and let’s face it – I don’t run as fast as when I was a kid! – I want to bring you a virtual treat for each of these 12 days leading up to Christmas. And if you are a procrastinator like me and haven’t even decided yet what you are giving the neighbors for Christmas, maybe I’ll give you a few ideas along the way!

Have you ever received one of those big tins of popcorn this time of year? I admit that I love popcorn in any form, so I love those big tins. But do you know what would be even better? A big tin filled with this popcorn! This is now my favorite popcorn recipe. You will love it – especially if you are a peanut butter lover. And it’s super easy. A perfect treat for the family to snack on while sitting around watching Christmas movies!

Peanut Butter Popcorn
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Popcorn is covered in a sweet and addictive peanut butter coating.
Serves: about 16 cups
  • ½ cup popcorn, unpopped (or 2 bags microwave popcorn)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Pop popcorn. Bring sugar and syrup to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until melted. Add vanilla. Pour over popped corn and mix.

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21 Responses to Peanut Butter Popcorn {Countdown to Christmas}

  1. ashley says:

    yum! i whipped up some caramel popcorn this weekend… wish i had seen this and i would have made a batch of PB popcorn too! next time!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That is so tempting! An irresistible treat!



  3. Barbara says:

    Never thought to try peanut butter in our popcorn. The kids will love it!

  4. Grace says:

    i just realized how close it is to being christmas! egad!
    on a more pleasant note, this is an outstanding nosh recipe. i can easily see myself getting carried away with the consumption of it. 🙂

  5. Shandra says:

    We love this on pretzels and Special K cereal too–it is DELICIOUS!!

    If you would like a great Christmas neighborhood idea that takes the stress out of baking and bringing items to your neighbors. Check out my blog for a GREAT neighborhood food drive idea that takes some stress out of the holidays and helps people in need as well.


  6. Maria says:

    This looks addicting, in a good way:)

  7. Abby says:

    Yay for 12 Days posts. I'll have to bookmark your ideas for next year!

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    Yum! I love peanut butter… This popcorn sounds amazing. Great recipe!

  9. Jamie @ Bungalow Bee says:

    Thank you for this recipe! We bought a bunch of "butter light" popcorn from the Boy Scouts that will now be put to good use in Christmas treat boxes.

  10. Veronica M. says:

    I must make this! Is this supposed to be a gooey popcorn? I notice that baking it to make it crispy isn't in the directions. Man, I can just see myself drizzling some chocolate over this stuff. mmmmmm…

  11. rosemary says:

    My sister is going to visit my parents next week and I will not. I have some studying to do for exams early January. Sob, sob, sob. Tonight I will try christmas cake (very first time!) and plan to make something every evening till Saturday, for her to take home. Questions. If I make this, what would be the ideal packaging? Which cookies would you recommend and packaging? Also other ideas beside cookies? And for each item please let me know the best before number of days. She will travel about 250km by bus.

  12. BMK says:

    This looks awesome. I'm hosting movie night soon and this looks like the perfect addition to my menu!

  13. kat says:

    I've never heard of the 12 days of Christmas giving on doorsteps like that, it sounds like fun.

  14. Lauren says:

    Peanut butter & popcorn… fantastic combination!

  15. Mary says:

    I never would have dreamed of the combination. It sounds inviting, tempting and delicious.

  16. MontyFam says:

    Had everything, so I just made the PB popcorn to take to a party tonight! It is so good. Hopefully there will be some left to take to the party ; )
    Just found your blog from my cousin Amy who is married to your brother (I think that's your relationship) and I really like it! I love cooking and baking, so you're doing what I will hopefully have time to do someday!

  17. Karly says:

    I never would have thought of mixing peanut butter and popcorn, but I bet this is just delicious!

  18. TheKeilShpeel says:

    that sounds soooo good.

  19. eatme_delicious says:

    Peanut butter popcorn?? I've never heard of such a thing! Yum!!

  20. Lorelai says:

    This coating is incredibly delicious! We weren't so crazy about it on popcorn because the popcorn stays too soft for our liking – but it got 2 thumbs waaay waaay up when I coated apples with it. It's like taking fruit to a whole new level!

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