Here in Portland we have had a LOT of snow days recently. The cold icky weather is perfect for a comfortable movie night in. What goes better with a movie night than popcorn? If you are looking for a tasty alternative to the normal bowl of popcorn then you are in luck because today is National Popcorn Day and the internet is going to be inundated with tasty flavored popcorn recipes… including this delicious Peanut Butter Honey Popcorn. YUM.
The sweet peanut butter sauce tossed with the popcorn in combination with a salty bite and crunch of this flavored popcorn is divine. My husband is currently going through a no sugar phase so I created a batch of this with just honey and peanut butter with no sugar. It was delicious as well, but just a little less sweet. The consistency was nearly the same.
You can make the popcorn with plain microwave popcorn, air popped popcorn, or stovetop popcorn. I personally LOVE stovetop popped popcorn. It is actually quite easy to make and the flavor is really delicious. You can pop the popcorn kernels with vegetable oil, canola oil, or coconut oil. The coconut oil gives a a bit of a coconut flavor to the popcorn which is fantastic for the sweeter toppings.
Favorite Flavored Popcorn Ideas:
- Peanut Butter Honey Popcorn (See recipe below!)
- Parmesan, garlic, and parsley (mix with olive oil and salt to taste and toss with freshly popped popcorn – this is one time I’d highly suggest using store bought grated parmesan)
- White chocolate topping and sprinkles!
- Melted butter and salt
- Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and olive oil
- Melted honey butter
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Rosemary, Butter, and Parmesan cheese
Want more flavored popcorn recipes? Check out my Pinterest board for popcorn!
- 1 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (no sugar in the peanut butter)
- salt (optional and to taste)
- roasted peanuts (optional)
- Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed stock pot over medium heat.
- Test oil by dropping a single popcorn kernel in the oil. Once the kernel pops it means that it is ready to go!
- Drop the kernels into the oil and cover the stockpot with a lid. Make sure any vents on the lid are open to let out steam. If there is not a vent on the lid then partially uncover the stockpot to release steam.
- Let the popcorn pop until the popping slows. Take off heat and uncover before the popping ends.
- In a saucepan combine the sugar and honey over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not let the sugars burn.
- Take the mixture off of the heat add in the vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until mixture is incorporated.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into a bowl and mix in the popcorn a handful at a time. Mix until covered with mixture.
- Salt to taste.