Monday, February 27, 2012

Caramel peanut popcorn

Well the Oscars and have come and gone -  but I still have caramel peanut popcorn in the house.  I had an oscar party last night and in addition to candy and twizzlers I had to make my own caramel peanut popcorn - or as we also refer to it as - Cracker Jacks.  The only thing missing from the popcorn was the plastic toy!  I must confess - it was outrageously delicious.

Caramel Peanut Popcorn
 Makes 8 large servings

1 cup popcorn kernels
8 ounces of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups unsalted peanuts

Line two sheet pans with either silpats or parchment paper lightly sprayed with pam.  Set aside.  Have a large mixing bowl ready.

Pop the popcorn according to your preferred method.  I used an air popper as it cuts down on the amount of fat and oil.

Put butter and sugar in a sauce pan.  Cook until golden brown - about 6 minutes and then add peanuts and cook for an additional two minutes.  Do not burn caramel.

Place popped popcorn into the waiting mixing bowl and pour caramel mixture on top.  Mix with spatula coating all the kernels with the caramel and peanuts. Divide coated popcorn onto the two sheet pans. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Caramel peanut popcorn

Allow popcorn mixture to dry for at least one hour before serving.

Break mixture into pieces and fill popcorn bags for your guests.  

Movie style caramel peanut popcorn

Dim the lights and start the show!


  1. While I'm not a popcorn fan, I could dig into a bowl of this version and be a very happy girl!!

    1. Kim - unfortunately it is highly addictive!

  2. Wow - that looks amazing! I adore popcorn!

  3. Yum! I love popcorn - literally, I make it every single day. Love. This recipe makes caramel corn so easy, I'll definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, wanted to let you know that I'm tagging you in a get-to-know-your-fellow-blogger game. Check out my post to play along:

    1. Thanks Willow - will tag you back! and please do try this recipe - it is really good right after you make it and even better the next day - if it lasts that long.

  4. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...