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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  I hope you all have had a fabulous day with family and loved ones.  This was a wonderful holiday in my household as it was my son’s first Christmas – such a special time.  Also, I received many fantastic cooking- and baking-related gifts, and my blog will definitely benefit from these changes!  Most exciting is that I received a Canon Rebel XTi, so I am hoping that my photos will improve drastically as I learn to use this fabulous new camera!  I still have several great recipes to share from my pre-dSLR days though, so you will have to bear with my old photos a bit longer.

The final recipes I will be posting from my holiday packages is this popcorn.  I have learned thanks to my stat counter that the chocolate-peanut butter combination is wildly addictive.  In muffin, cake, ice cream or bar form, this has been most definitely be the most popular flavor combo.  So here, I bring it to you in the form of a snack that takes maybe 10 minutes to prepare, and then just some waiting time for the chocolate to set.  You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.  Looking for the perfect Christmas evening (or anytime) snack?  Look no further.

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And, in case you were interested, here is a quick recap of all that was included in my holiday packages:
hot cocoa mix
peppermint stirrers
chocolate biscotti
gingerbread biscotti
orange cranberry bread
chocolate cinnamon bread (half of the packages)
sugar cookies with royal icing (the other half of the packages)
chocolate peanut butter popcorn

Some of these items were not posted on the blog, only because I did not get a photo of them.  However, I will try to remake them soon so that I can share the recipes with you.  They are too good to miss!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn
Ingredients:
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. butter
2 tsp. brown sugar
coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate, or chocolate chips

Directions:
Line two baking sheets with wax paper.  Pop popcorn in an air-popper (I *LOVE* my Whirley Pop!) Spread popcorn in an even layer on prepared baking sheets.  Combine peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave in 20 second intervals and stir, until melted and drizzle-able (shhh, it’s a word!)  Drop the peanut butter mixture in spoonfuls over the popcorn and gently toss to coat evenly (I find this is best done by hand).  In another microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate in 20 second intervals until fully melted.  Drizzle over the popcorn.  Let the chocolate set before serving.  Store in an airtight container.

Source: adapted from Hot Off the Garlic Press

  • http://culinaryinfatuation.blogspot.com Ally

    That really does seem so easy, and oh wow, looks so delicious! Merry Christmas!

  • joelen

    You’re probably the second person who swears by their Whirley Pop! My friend uses hers a few times a week and the popcorn really does come out great in just about the same time as microwaveable popcorn. I’m really considering picking up one for myself soon…. maybe during these after Christmas sales! :) Your popcorn looks wonderful and all your holiday food packages I’m sure were enjoyed!

  • http://www.funnycoolstuff.com chumpman

    wow, this is too tempting! deliciously tempting! drool….
    Great idea of a recipe! Merry christmas!

  • http://www.noodlenightsandmuffinmornings.blogspot.com Lindsey

    That looks absolutely delicious- what a nice addition to your holiday goodie pacakges.
    Hope you had a great first Christmas with your son!

  • bakingblonde

    Somehow you combined three of my favorite treats into one mouthwatering vision!! Brilliant!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    Popcorn this way does not get any better – Looks incredible!!

  • http://www.betsyandjohn.net betsy

    I just got back from the grocery store buying stuff I need for this recipe and the choc. pb bars. (Though yes, I had what I needed for this one in my pantry!) We bought the popper too! Thanks so much for your awesome blog!! You amaze me!!!!!

  • Stacy

    This looks very good! I am looking forward to making some for the upcoming holiday, and thought to make packages like you! I did have one question, do you have a recipe for the orange cranberry bread? I looked for it, but didn’t see it. It sounds great! Thanks!

  • Belinda Solis

    Two of my co-workers have are constantly on your website and they have tried several of your receipes and I have been very fortunate to be one of the lucky ones to get to taste the delicious goodies. Thank you for sharing your great talent with us, you have so many great recipes to choose from.
    I will be trying one of your Hot Chocolate recipes this year.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Annie

    Hi Stacy,
    So sorry for the long delay. I have just been so busy with work I’ve barely had a moment to breathe! The cranberry orange bread recipe I use is here. Hope that helps!
    :) Annie

  • Kim

    Hi, I have been so excited to try your chocolate peanut-butter popcorn and finally did so today. Unfortunately it’s still really soggy a few hours after making it. I followed all the steps exactly so I’m not sure what happened. Is there any way to make it a bit crisper? I’d hare to throw it all out.

    Thanks for any help!

  • Annie

    Hi Kim,
    Sorry you’re having trouble. I’ve made it multiple times and it has never been soggy. I’m not sure what will work, but my best idea would be to bake it at a low heat, stirring it in 10 minute intervals, until it crisps up as with this caramel corn recipe.
    Good luck!

  • Mel

    Hi Annie, I too tried this popcorn and it turned out soggy also. I do want to try again with a different chocolate (I melted chips) maybe that was the problem? But then again the peanut butter never dried either is it suppose to dry hard? I plan to try again as the flavor was very tasty.

  • Annie

    Hi Mel,
    I’m not sure what the problem was. Maybe you needed to let it dry longer? Mine was not soggy, but I typically let it dry a pretty long time. I used melted chocolate chips as well so I don’t think that would be the issue.

  • Kylie

    I just got a whirley pop and all ready love it but have only made kettle korn so to make the popcorn in this recipe do I just put the popcorn in the popper and put it over the stove or do I need to add oil if so how much?

  • Annie

    You should read the instruction manual. The amount of oil depends on the amount of popcorn you make, and personal preference.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jamerial Smith

    this semms so hard but i dont know how to make it.!

  • Emily

    Hi Annie-
    I want to make this recipe for a school project but I am needing to know how much one batch makes. How many bags were you able to stuff with popcorn?
    Thanks!!

  • Annie

    Sorry, I don’t remember!