Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Caramel corn is one of my favorite snacks. I can eat my way through more than I should in one sitting. Because of this, I rarely make it at home. I whipped up this Peanut Butter Caramel Corn for hanging out with some friends a couple weeks ago. Everyone really enjoyed it.

I used Peanut Butter and Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. I think it has a hint of caramel flavor in it and figured it would pair well with the caramel. I think this would be delicious with regular old peanut butter, but I really enjoyed the flavor using the white chocolate PB.

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Caramel corn kicked up a notch with peanut butter thrown into the mix.

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn kernels and cover. Cook, shaking the pan frequently, for about 4 minutes, or until the popping almost completely stops. Remove the pan from the heat and when the popping stops, remove the cover and add the almonds.

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then continue cooking for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla. Drizzle over the popcorn and use a rubber spatula to toss to coat.

Spread the popcorn on the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

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8 Responses to “Margarita Cupcakes”

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    Megan — March 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    These sound great! I am bookmarking them to make for a bachelorette party this summer!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Holy deliciousness! I honestly think I would prefer a margarita cupcake over an actual margarita…haha. I’m a more a gin girl 🙂

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I looked for little umbrellas and couldn’t find them. That would have been even cuter!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Oh great idea!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I’m not sure how they’d hold up like you mentioned… Next time I’m definitely going to do a sugar rim on the frosting like Chris suggested.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I’m a gin girl as well, but there’s something about a margarita after a long day at work. There’s a place here that has a coconut/lime margarita. It’s amazing.

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    Chris at HyeThymeCafe — March 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I think I found them – and straws with umbrellas – at a Dollar Tree a few years back. Not sure if that’s a regular seasonal item or just something random I happened to catch.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I’ll have to keep a watch out for those. They sound really cute. And if I see something, I’ll have to grab it and just make these cupcakes again.

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