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Peanut Butter Popcorn Crunch

This sweet, crunchy mix from LaVonne Smith in Kennebec, South Dakota makes a great family snack to munch while watching Christmas movies or trimming the tree.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 quarts


  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 4 cups miniature pretzels
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups chocolate-covered peanuts


  • In a large bowl, combine popcorn and pretzels; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, honey and corn syrup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss to coat. Pour into two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Break into clusters; place in a large bowl. Add chocolate-covered peanuts; mix well. Cool completely.

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  • Jaroburk
    Dec 8, 2012

    Well, I must say that this recipe did not live up to my expectations. Although my batch is edible, I will not make it again. I watched it closely in the oven but had no trouble with it burning. I simply was disappointed with the flavor. I think the next time I will simply use my regular caramel popcorn recipe and add the pretzels and M&Ms to that. I actually made this recipe for gifts and am a bit embarrassed to be giving it.

  • spiker1
    Sep 28, 2011

    Makes a great Christmas gift.

  • heckfor
    Mar 26, 2011

    Loved this recipe! I also baked in 9x13 pans and adjusted time to 45 mins. Came out perfect!

  • ameer
    Dec 21, 2009

    I made two batches for gifts, and really liked it. I didn't have trouble with it burning, I put it in two 9x13 pans instead of two 15x13x1, so maybe it was a little thicker and made a difference. I also added craisins. Had a good flavor!

  • mamatami
    Dec 20, 2009

    I would not make this again , it burned and just did not have a good taste.

  • jbrown76
    Oct 29, 2009

    I've made this recipe the last two Christmases to give as gifts. Great tasting- everyone who receives, it loves it!

  • 5hungrykids
    Dec 22, 2008

    This was not very good at all. One pan of popcorn mix burnt while the other one (pampered chef) did not. They both baked the same amount of time. Not sure what went wrong here. This had too much of a honey taste, which I do not like. I really was looking forward to this because I like peanut butter flavored anything (almost). The concept was a nice thought, but turned out disasterous. Will not make again.