Chocolate, peanut butter and popcorn come together in this sweet, salty, and savory snack food that's perfect for movie night!
We are huge popcorn lovers over here. While I normally enjoy making my almond bark popcorn when I'm in the mood for some salty sweet goodness, we recently had a ton of Reese's peanut butter cups in the house and half a bag of marshmallows, so I got creative. 😉
This recipe is super simple to make and the hardest part is picking out those hard unpopped kernels or waiting for the chocolate to set..... of course waiting for the chocolate to harden is optional if you're okay with the messes. Those are half of the fun, ha!
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this peanut butter cup popcorn recipe as much as we have!
Popped Popcorn- You can use any brand, flavor, variety of choice. I just recommend you think about the flavorful combination that's about to be made so you choose wisely.
Mini Marshmallows- Mini marshmallows work best but chopped larger marshmallows might work fine too.
Peanut Butter- I recommend creamy, but if you're okay with the grainy texture of chunky then go for it.
Chocolate Chips- You can use semi-sweet or milk chocolate depending on which you have on hand or think would taste good. I personally like semi-sweet for the drizzle since the peanut butter cups have milk chocolate already. Then I get both.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups- This is optional but it really helps to drive home that "chocolate peanut butter" thing we're going for. Plus it's like treasure hunting for chocolate candies in a bowl of popcorn- fun!
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make chocolate peanut butter popcorn word with these simple step-by-step instructions:
In a microwave safe bowl, cook the marshmallows for about 30 seconds. Add in the peanut butter and microwave for an additional 15 seconds.
Stir the marshmallows and peanut butter together.
Toss with the popped popcorn.
In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 30 second bursts, stirring between each, until smooth.
Lay your peanut butter coated popcorn on a baking sheet in a flat even layer (as best as you can).
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the popcorn.
Add your chopped peanut butter cups over the top.
Allow the popcorn to cool and set (this takes about 15 minutes.
Break apart the popcorn chunks that may have stuck together and then place them into a large serving bowl and enjoy.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Be careful when microwaving the marshmallows and peanut butter as there is a fine line between melted and overcooked. If you've ever overcooked a marshmallow in the microwave- you know what I mean.
They look soft, gooey, and innocent, and as soon as they cool they become rock hard and brittle. We don't want that. Watch through the window and after you've seen the marshmallows puff up a bit, they should be pretty melted or melted enough to stir together.
Microwaves do vary, so being watchful and attentive is key here. But don't worry, this recipe comes together quickly so you won't be on your feet for long.
Assuming you don't finish it all in one sitting, you can store leftovers of this easy popcorn recipe in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Any longer than that and the popcorn will become pretty stale.
You could make it healthier by making smarter options with your ingredients. By choosing a healthier popcorn, healthier nut butter, and limiting the amount of added candies you can bring down the calories, sodium, and sugars.
Check out these other tasty snack recipes
- Oreo Popcorn
- Candied Sour Grapes
- Rice Krispie Treats with Chocolate Chips
- Fruity Pebbles Treats
- Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar
- Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Sharp Knife
- 6-7 cups popped popcorn (1 6oz unpopped bag) ($0.42)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter ($0.41)
- 1 cup mini marshmallows ($0.50)
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips ($0.45)
- ½ cup chopped peanut butter cups ($0.99)
- Add marshmallows to a glass bowl. Microwave 30 seconds. Add peanut butter and microwave another 15 seconds. Stir to combine.
- Toss popcorn into peanut butter mixture and continue until all pieces are well coated.
- In a small bowl, melt semi sweet chocolate chips in 30 second bursts in the microwave until smooth. Stir between each addition.
- Lay your peanut butter popcorn on a cooking sheet and then drizzle the chocolate over the top.
- Sprinkle your chopped peanut butter cups over the top of the popcorn.
- Allow to cool and set. About 15 minutes.
- Break apart the pieces that may be stuck together and enjoy!
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