Treats

Peanut Butter Toffee Popcorn Poppers

October 5, 2012

Popcorn is such a great snack, but sometimes I almost forget about. It’s so simple and takes just a few minutes to make, plus you get that lovely popcorn aroma in your kitchen. Popcorn is a great carrier of flavour, and with a few ingredients you can transform it into something wonderful. Whether it is sweet or savoury, there are so many ways to enhance and flavour popcorn. I love toffee popcorn. As soon as I get that buttery caramel smell from the pan it always brings me right back to when I was a kid. I’ve made this recipe a little more indulgent by adding peanut butter and chocolate. I like the idea of popcorn as little sweets, as it makes it a bit more special. These treats would be great to bring to a party. They taste especially good crumbled over vanilla ice-cream … my new favourite dessert in fact.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of popcorn kernals
  • Splash of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt (depends on how salty you like it)
  • 3oz of butter
  • 2 oz of white sugar
  • 2 oz of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter
  • Melted chocolate (optional)

Method:

Place the oil and the kernals in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium to high heat. Put a lid on the saucepan and as soon as the kernals start to pop, shake the saucepan around so that all the kernals have a chance to pop.  When the popping stops, remove the popcorn from the heat and add the salt.  I love the flavour of salty toffee popcorn so I usually add 1 tsp – you could add less if you need to though.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Then, add the sugars, golden syrup and honey and cook over a medium to high heat. Once the sugar has dissolved you need to bring the mixture to 150 degrees Celsius.  You will need a thermometer to check that the toffee has reached the correct temperature.  As soon as it has, add the baking soda and stir quickly. The mixture should be all bubbly and caramel like at this point.  Pour the mixture straight over the popcorn, along with the peanut butter. Stir the mixture quickly, so that each piece of popcorn is evenly coated with the caramel and peanut butter.

When the popcorn has cooled slightly, but hasn’t completely set, form the popcorn balls with your hands. Place the popcorn in mini bun cases and leave to cool and harden. I added some melted chocolate to some of them, just for extra boldness. However they taste just as good on their own without the chocolate.

  • http://wholesomeireland.com Caítríona

    Yikes, great minds think alike & all that. I literally made something similar in the past week! :-)
    You can’t beat homemade popcorn with lots of bold treats on top.

    • http://www.stasty.com Vicky

      Ha, that’s crazy. Just looking at yours now, they look delicious. I was going to make savoury popcorn, but toffee pulled at my heart strings and won in the end.

  • Roisin

    Hi Vicky,
    This looks yum! By coincidence the husband and first born made pop corn this evening for an after dinner treat. They weren’t half as adventurous though and just added salt :( I think if it had been peanut butter toffee my other half would have refused to even look at it but I on the other hand would gobble it all up. Opposites attract :)
    Anyhow I have a challenge for yo. Could you please make some almond fingers? I LOVE them and with the two small ones at home I don’t really have time for baking anything more complicated than cupcakes or chocolate biscuit cake. What you reckon?

  • http://www.stasty.com Vicky

    Hey Roisin,
    Almond Fingers sound delicious, I will put them on my list. x