Before I extol the virtues of today’s Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Corn, I want to chat about something.
The boyfriend and I have a ritual that I look forward to every week: Friday night means movie night. Or, in some cases, alcohol and YouTube fail video night.
Shall I explain?
After a long week at my busy job, I want nothing more than to embrace the carefree atmosphere of a Friday night at home staying up late. There’s no work the day after and the subtle threat of Sunday (the day before Monday, ugh) is nowhere to be seen. There’s just relaxation and two whole days of doing whatever we want.
When I get home from work, the boyfriend and I drive over to the local madhouse of a grocery store to pick up supplies not just for the rest of the week’s dinners but for my blog, and most importantly, sustenance for the night to come.
With a few exceptions, it goes like this: a large LCBO paper bag full of craft beers for Alex, a cider or two for myself (or pop when I’m feeling the cocktail urge), a bag of Cheetos, and a bag of Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. Sometimes we go all in and make a huge batch of chicken jalapeno nachos and wash it down with sugary pop.
This should not be surprise, you guys. I run a dessert blog.
That being said, Friday night is binge night. There’s no judgement at all. Sometime we enjoy our spoils while watching the latest action-adventure movie (Alex’s favourite) or a delightfully sarcastic stand-up comedy show (my favourite). Half the time we flip on Planet Earth and documentaries similar to it, me showcasing my most annoying feature of narrating movies (sorry Mr. Attenborough) while hiding my face in Alex’s bicep when the adorable animals inevitably die.
If we’re really feeling crazy, we line up all the fail video compilations we can find and play them on a loop, reveling in the stupidity of it all. This usually ends with me having one too many cocktails and/or complaining to Alex that teenage boys are the spawn of Satan.
It’s a good routine. Good for our health? Nope. But good for the soul.
If we decided to be really fancy about our Friday night routine, we’d opt for making this peanut butter cup caramel corn. It’s homemade! Completely! Down to the home-popped kernels and fudgey, caramel-y coating and the quiet crackling of the popcorn as you pour it over.
Made with melted Reese’s spread, it literally tastes just like a peanut butter and chocolate bar, but in popcorn form. Don’t have the spread, or don’t want to shell out cash for it? Simply mix half Nutella and half regular peanut butter for a similar-tasting treat.
Peanut butter cup caramel corn: coming to a Friday night binge-fest near you!
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Total Cost = $3.00 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 10-12 cups unflavoured popped popcorn*
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ⅔ cup chocolate peanut butter spread*
- ⅓ cup milk chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet; set aside.
- Pour popped unflavoured popcorn into a large bowl; set aside.
- Over medium heat, warm the honey and sugar in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently. Once it starts to bubble, let boil for 3 minutes, then add the salt and chocolate peanut butter spread. Remove from heat.
- Working quickly, pour the mixture over the popcorn and toss gently with a large wooden spoon to coat. Sprinkle the chocolate chips in. Spread the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet.
- After about 20 minutes, break up the popcorn with a wooden spoon to avoid large chunks. Store in an air-tight container once coating isn't sticky.
*I used Reese's Peanut Butter spread, but you can use half and half of Nutella and peanut butter to get the same result.
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
10-12 cups unflavoured popped popcorn = $0.20
1/2 cup honey = $0.20
1/2 cup granulated sugar = $0.09
1/4 tsp. salt = $0.01
2/3 cup chocolate peanut butter spread = $1.75
1/3 cup milk chocolate chips = $0.75