Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

There’s nothing more comforting on a chilly night than the scent of popcorn wafting from the kitchen. I set out to create a treat that combined two of my favorite winter flavors Popcorn balls are surprisingly simple, using just three main ingredients. As with any recipe, starting with high quality components makes all the difference. I prefer an organic peanut butter for its rich nutty taste. Peanut butter and popcorn. After some experimenting, I arrived at the perfect blend that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Gather round while I share how you can conjure up a batch for your own cozy movie night.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 20 cups popped popcorn (I like to use an organic variety lightly salted for extra flavor).
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer an organic brand for its rich nutty taste).
  • 2/3 cup honey (I find honey binds everything together better than sugar while adding subtle sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter (Gently warmed, this adds creaminess to the mixture).
  • Chocolate syrup (For those who want to take it over the top -a drizzle makes a wonderful accent).
Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

How to Make This Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls Recipe

Preparation

First, prepare your workspace by gathering all ingredients and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper for shaping the balls. Make sure to thoroughly wash and dry your hands to prevent sticking.

Popping the Corn

In a large pot, add a few kernels of popcorn to the bottom and cover with a lid. Once you hear the first few pops, start timing 2-3 minutes for the rest to finish. Pour into a large bowl and pick out any un popped kernels.

Mixing the Wet Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, peanut butter and butter. Warm gently over low heat, whisking constantly until smooth and creamy. I find this takes about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Coating the Popcorn

Pour the popped corn into the large bowl. Pour the warm peanut butter mixture over top and use a rubber spatula to gently fold everything together until fully coated. Be careful not to crush the popcorn.

Forming the Balls

Using buttered hands, scoop up a generous 1/4 cup of the mixture and roll between your palms into a ball shape. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture, spacing the balls about 1 inch apart.

Chilling and Storing

Allow the balls to set at room temperature for 2-3 hours before serving. For longer storage, place the baking sheet in the fridge overnight. The chilled balls will hold their shape best.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Serving Instructions

  • These popcorn balls are a fun treat perfect for movie nights, parties or winter get togethers.
  • For casual serving, arrange the balls attractively on a platter or in a basket lined with festive paper. You can also thread them onto sticks for easy holding.
  • For a special presentation, place balls in mini paper baking cups or foil candy wrappers. Tie each with a ribbon or festive tag with serving instructions.
  • They also make an original gift when packaged this way. Just be sure to include storage and freezing instructions for the recipient.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Storage

  • These popcorn balls will stay fresh at room temperature sealed in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • For longer storage of up to 1 week, keep chilled in the refrigerator.

Freezing

  • The balls freeze beautifully for 3 months.
  • Place unwrapped balls on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
  • Transfer frozen balls to an airtight freezer bag, pressing out excess air before sealing closed.
  • No need to thaw before serving – guests can enjoy frozen or allow to soften at room temp first.
  • Properly stored or frozen, these treats can be enjoyed throughout the winter season.
Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

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FAQs

Can I use salted or unsalted popcorn?

Both salted and unsalted popcorn work well in these balls. Salted popcorn adds a nice savory note that balances the sweetness. Unsalted allows you to control the salt level.

Can I substitute ingredients?

You can swap out ingredients as needed. Try almond or cashew butter in place of peanut butter. Agave nectar or maple syrup are alternatives to honey. Coconut oil works instead of butter.

How long will they last?

Properly stored, popcorn balls will stay fresh at room temperature for 3-4 days or up to 1 week refrigerated. For longer storage up to 3 months, freeze the balls in an airtight container or bag.

Can I make the balls ahead of time?

Yes, the balls can be prepared in advance. Allow them to set at room temperature for a few hours before chilling or freezing for later. Thaw frozen balls overnight in the fridge before serving.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

There’s nothing more comforting on a chilly night than the scent of popcorn wafting from the kitchen. I set out to create a treat that combined two of my favorite winter flavors Popcorn balls are surprisingly simple, using just three main ingredients. As with any recipe, starting with high quality components makes all the difference.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • cup white corn syrup
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 20 cups popped popcorn
  • chocolate syrup, optional

Instructions
 

  • Gather ingredients and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large pot, add a few popcorn kernels to the bottom and cover. Once popped, pour remaining kernels and cover until all popcorn is popped. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey/agave and coconut oil/butter.
  • Warm over low heat, whisking constantly until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Pour the popcorn into the large bowl. Pour the warm peanut butter mixture over top.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently fold together until fully coated.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup portions and roll between lightly oiled hands into balls.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet, allowing space between each.
  • Let set at room temperature 2-3 hours before serving or refrigerate overnight.
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Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.