Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

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Popcorn is good by itself but even better when it's turned into gourmet heaven. That's exactly what I did to a batch of fresh made on the stove popcorn the other night. Afterwards, the night was complete because what else is there after eating popcorn that's part milk chocolate and part chunky peanut butter? On second thought there could be a good movie to go with it but that's besides the point.

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups of popped popcorn (stove top is recommended, I used a hand crank popcorn pot)
  • 2 tablespoons of Kernel Season's Kettle Corn mix 
  • 8 ounces of milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup of light corn syrup
  • 2 cups of brown sugar 
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of chunky peanut butter
  • dash of salt 



Pop about 12 cups of popped popcorn but before it pops add about 2 tablespoons of Kernel Season's Kettle Corn mix to give the popcorn an extra coating so it holds up better.


In a large pot combine 2 cups of brown sugar, 3/4 cups of corn syrup, and 2 sticks of unsalted butter.


Bring the brown sugar, light corn syrup, and sticks of butter to a boil for about 3 minutes (above) and when it's about 2 minutes into boiling add 8 ounces of milk chocolate chips  (below).

The chocolate chips are enveloped into a sweet gooey vortex of goodness.

Stir the mix a little when the chocolate chips are almost completely melted.


After the mix has boiled for about 3 minutes in all, take it off the heat and stir until smooth.


In a large pyrex bowl or dish pour the boiled chocolate mix onto the popcorn. This process takes a little time but it's important to toss until all the popcorn kernels are evenly coated with the chocolate and bake in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, add a dash of salt to the mix for taste. You're now baked chocolate popcorn mix should look like the image above after all this. Let this mix cool for about 30 minutes.


Melt 1 1/2 cups of chunky peanut butter the microwave until it's smooth and able to be poured.


Pour the chunky peanut butter over the popcorn and repeat the whole tossing process until the peanut butter evenly coats all the popcorn just like you did with the chocolate. Let it sit for over an hour in the refrigerator to ensure maximum goodness.

When you're finally able to taste your chocolate peanut butter popcorn creation you'll know that the time you put into it was well worth it. Worth it because this popcorn is just as good as any popcorn you could get at a gourmet popcorn shop. Trust me, I love frequenting those places and would do so over and over but I'm thankful that I'm able to create gourmet popcorn at home that is comparable.

Although, don't take my word it. Try this chocolate recipe at home and it's safe to say that you'll find yourself enjoying the caramelized taste of the chocolate, combined with the smoothness of the peanut butter, mixed with the nuttiness of the chunky, and the crunchy of the popcorn.

12 comments:

  1. Oh-my-lanta! Popcorn smothered in peanut butter, and chocolate...I think I'm in heaven!! This looks amazing, I bet it tasted even better, oh my gosh, my mouth is watering so bad right now :) Great post, I've got to get some of this in my belly!

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  2. I have never seen anything like this! A very daring combo. I have to say, it sounds pretty fantastic...I may just have to coat my popcorn in this mixture!

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  3. Ok, I'm swooning now. I will definitely have to make this for our movie night. I've never seen that Kettle corn mix though -- I'm sure it will be so good on plain, unseasoned popcorn though!

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  4. Wow, this looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it.

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  5. Great popcorn. Nothing like candy popcorn to make my heart go pitter patter.

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  6. What a gorgeous version of popcorn - melting at the thought :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  7. Thanks everybody! It was quite a treat. I didn't know where I was headed with this but it turned out way better than I ever could of imagined. Be warned though, this is something that if you do once, you're going to want to make it again in the future...it was that good and highly addicting for someone with a sweet tooth like myself! Definitely make it as soon as you get a chance and you'll know what I mean.

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  8. Oh goodness this looks like a tasty snack!

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  9. A must-try recipe! I've given you a "Happy Blogger Award" @ http://sandrarecipeblogsite.blogspot.com/ by the way ;) Love, love your posts!

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  10. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

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  11. That's such a cool spin on popcorn...i am a lover of anything with chocolate ;)
    -abeer @ www.cakewhiz.com

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