Recipe By Lilcat
Published Mar 5th
Prep 15m Cook 10m Additional 30m Ready In 55m
Servings 16 servings Calories 249.4

My mom made these every Halloween when I was a kid and you could still give this out as a treat. It still is a treat as a moist and chewy fall snack. You can make into balls or leave loose and serve like caramel corn if you prefer.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup white corn syrup
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 20 cups popped popcorn

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a large saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in peanut butter until mixture is smooth.
  2. 2 Place popcorn in a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over popcorn; toss until evenly coated. Form into about 16 balls using buttered hands. Arrange balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; allow to dry and set, at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 249.4
  • Carbohydrate 34.9 g
  • Cholesterol 7.6 mg
  • Fat 11.4 g
  • Fiber 2.5 g
  • Protein 5.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.6 g
  • Sodium 107.2 mg
  • Sugar 18.5 g

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Chef's Notes

This will set up quickly, so if it gets too cool to form into balls, microwave 15 to 30 seconds one time only. More than once it will burn.


  1. This is a great base recipe and a lot of variations can be done. I added 1.5 tsps of cinnamon and pinch of ground cloves to the sauce and it tasted excellent. I also melted 1/2 bag pf chocolate chips with 1.5 Tbs coconut oil (you can also use shortening) and mixed that in and - Read more ...
  2. These are so good and very easy! My boyfriend ate most of them and I had to make another batch! I used 1/2 cup of popping corn the peanut butter mixture as stated and ended up with 20 popcorn balls.
  3. I used half peanut butter...and added a little bit of salt. Really strong p.butter! Easy to make.
  4. They aster rest but I couldn't get the popcorn to stick together in balls.
  5. Yep totally addictive. A half cup of unpopped pop corn makes ten cups of popcorn so I just cut everything in half. It was plenty. I didn't have light corn syrup so I used dark. It gave it the color of Cracker Jacks. We didn't bother to form popcorn balls -- just ate it from - Read more ...
  6. This was a very delicious recipe. I followed the recipe to the T. now it tasted AMAZING I could not get the popcorn to stick into balls so I just added m&ms and pretzels and made a peanut butter popcorn/trail mix and bagged it up!!!! Everyone loved it!!!
  7. Easy and fast to make with a nice softer tooth bite than some popcorn balls. Not sure if I miss-measured the popcorn or made the popcorn balls larger but I did not get 16. The popcorn was well coated and held together nicely. This will become a regular Halloween treat. Thanks for sharing.
  8. These need to come with a WARNING! Do not make in presence of husband or children of any age. Do not make if you're even the slightest bit hungry and come to think of it do not make if you like any of the ingredients. Why? They will be gone in the blink of an - Read more ...
  9. I am the submitter for this recipe. Shorecook considered drizzling chocolate over these. I recommend doing it! I have made this as loose popcorn(like carmel corn) drizzled melted chocolate on it put in tins and gave as Christmas gifts. People loved it.
  10. WOW! What a treat! The only trick here is hiding them from Hubby. I never had peanut butter popcorn before love it! I'm thinking maybe of drizzling them with melted chocolate after all I am a chocoholic! Lilcat you certainly have a great recipe here. Thanks for sharing!