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Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Friends and family are always happy to receive these tasty peanut butter popcorn balls. I love making them as well as eating them! —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 lollipop sticks


  • Place popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and corn syrup to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Quickly pour over popcorn mixture and mix well.
  • When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into ten 2-1/2-in. balls; insert a lollipop stick into each ball. Let stand at room temperature until firm; wrap in plastic.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To roast your own peanuts, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place shelled peanuts on a baking pan. Put the pan in the oven for about 15 minutes, and you're good to get munching!
  • To lower the calorie count, opt for natural peanut butter.
  • Check out our favorite gourmet popcorn recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 popcorn ball: 281 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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    • asharpberry
      Mar 25, 2014

      Wonderful recipe!! Easy & delicious!! Made a great after school snack for my boys!!:) I will add this.... I only had 1/4 cup of corn syrup, so added molasses to make up for the other 1/4, & instead of peanuts, I added crushed pecans (that's all I had), but everything still turned out great! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!:)

    • sd20
      Oct 29, 2012

      Easy to make and very good! I used creamy peanut butter. 5 stars and will make again! :)

    • Frumpydog
      Oct 25, 2012

      Really good!!! We didn't have peanuts and used microwave popcorn

    • mariwhits
      Nov 4, 2011

      these are so easy to make they are now on my Christmas list of goodies to make

    • brookehenry
      Oct 25, 2008

      These are DELICIOUS! The first time I made them, I did not have peanuts or crunchy peanut butter. So, I left out the peanuts and used 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter. I worked good. The second time I made them per recipe and that was good too. Depends on if you like the crunchy peanut taste. These would be fantastic for a Halloween party.