Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe

This peanut butter popcorn recipe that I'm about to show you is a family recipe.

It's not a secret recipe, by any means. It's just a concoction that one of my uncles had shown me as a kid while visiting family at my grandmother's house.

Homemade peanut butter popcornHomemade Peanut Butter Popcorn

Unfortunately, I hardly ever see my Uncle Curtis that much anymore. We live in different counties, and both of us are always busy. Gotta stay on the grind, am I right?

Regardless, 35 plus years later, I still get those mouth-watering cravings from that first time we had made peanut butter popcorn together back in the 1980's.

And yes, it was bomb!

How could it not have been amazing? I mean, what kid doesn't like peanut butter? And then drizzled over a heart healthy snack such as popcorn... what a spectacular combination!

It just kicked my popcorn snack game up a notch to another level.



Anyways, as I was saying. Every once in a while I get the sudden urge to make some. It's one of my favorite snacks. And my teenage boys love it just as much. Hopefully you will, too.

Without further ado, here's our super simple recipe...

How To Make Peanut Butter Popcorn

What you will need:

  • popped popcorn
  • peanut butter
  • serving size bowl
  • small melting pot

Side notes: Here we are using creamy peanut butter. This recipe works with crunchy just as well. Or add your own peanuts if you like.

Although it's recommended to use mushroom popcorn, we are using butterfly popcorn (grabbed the wrong bag at the store). Oh well, it's all good because it tastes freaking delicious!

Ingredients for making peanut butter popcorn. You will need bowls and something to heat up the peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe Directions

Make your popcorn how you normally would - microwave, stovetop, or hot air popper. If you're looking for suggestions, check out our recipe section about how to make popcorn on the stovetop.

For this demonstration, I have a medium sized serving bowl full of popcorn ready to go.

Add about 1/2 a cup of your favorite peanut butter into a microwave safe vessel. Alternatively, you can use a small melting pot or sauce pan to heat up on the stove. Again, completely up to you.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Carefully remove from the microwave and give it a quick stir. It should be loose enough to smoothly pour as a thick liquid. If necessary, warm it for a few more seconds as needed.

Top Tip: If you're still unhappy with its consistency, here's a little trick. Peanut butter contains oil. So, you may want to add a little bit of oil while stirring or whisking it until it's as loose as you prefer. The ingredient label on the peanut butter container will state which type of oil is present. Most likely palm fruit oil and/or vegetable oil.

Drizzle the peanut butter all over the popcorn and mix it all together.


Peanut butter being poured over a bowl of popcorn.Giving the popcorn a little bath with a dousing of peanut butter.

I usually put the popcorn in a bowl, pour on the liquified peanut butter, secure a lid on top, then gently shake, rattle and roll until it's thoroughly mixed.

Popcorn and peanut butter.
Peanut butter popcorn served in a glass bowl, and ready to be eaten.

If you don't have a lid for said bowl, aluminum tin foil or saran wrap will do just fine. Some people will just use a spatula or a wooden spoon, or even their bare hands. Whatever it takes to get all that yumminess mixed up together, right?


And that's our super easy homemade peanut butter popcorn recipe. Only thing left to do now is to get your grub on. Enjoy!

Homemade peanut butter popcorn served in a glass bowl.

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