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. That's half of the fun, ha!
With the crunchy, sweet, rich, salty and savory flavors combining in every batch, you're sure to love this peanut butter cup popcorn recipe as much as we have!
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's easy to make. Popping popcorn is a very easy thing to do, so making popcorn recipes should be just as simple. Thankfully this recipe comes together quickly and with very minimal prep.
- It's frugal. This recipe is great for any budget because it's frugal. At less than $2.50 for a batch of popcorn, this recipe is great for cheap movie night snacks.
- It's unique. Buttery popcorn, peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallows? This recipe has it all. From the crunchy to the sweet, soft, and savory, every bite is a blissful combination of salty and savory goodness.
Popped Popcorn- You can use any brand, flavor, or variety of choice. I just recommend you think about the flavorful combination that's about to be made so you choose wisely.
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 got 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 specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Pop your popcorn according to the package directions. Remove kernels and set aside.
Step 2: Add your marshmallows to a large microwave safe bowl.
Step 3: Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave.
Step 4: Add in the peanut butter and microwave for an additional 15 seconds.
Step 5: Stir the marshmallows and peanut butter together.
Step 6: Add in your popped popcorn.
Step 7: Toss well to coat.
Step 8: Add your chocolate chips to a small bowl.
Step 9: Melt the chocolate chips in 30 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each, until smooth.
Step 10: 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.
Step 11: Add your chopped peanut butter cups over the top.
Step 12: Allow the popcorn to cool and set (this takes about 15 minutes.
Step 13: 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 can make it more nutritious by making wiser ingredient choices. Opt for healthier popcorn, and nut butter, and reduce the quantity of added candies to lower the calorie, sodium, and sugar content.
You can use either microwave popcorn or air-popped popcorn, depending on your preference. Air-popped popcorn is often favored for its unique qualities.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn
- 6-7 cups (3.2oz) Popcorn, popped (about 7-9 cups) ($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 Peanut butter cups, chopped ($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!