My best friend came up with this idea – peanut butter (both of us are obsessed), maple syrup, and popcorn. After trying out various measurements, I discovered the amazing combo you’ll see below. It’s a great inexpensive snack to have out at parties that impresses your guests. My mom usually doesn’t like peanut butter, but even she couldn’t get enough of it! I like my popcorn lightly coated, but if you want a thicker coating, just add in some more peanut butter and syrup. This popcorn is REALLY addictive.

½ cup popcorn kernels

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons light brown sugar

3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

4 tablespoon maple syrup

In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil and popcorn kernels. Cover with the lid cracked (to allow steam to escape). Pop the kernels until popping slows…then remove from heat.

Carefully spoon the popcorn to a large bowl – make sure no unpopped kernels are transferred to the bowl.

In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, warm the sugar, peanut butter, and syrup until soupy.  Stir in the vanilla. Remove from heat and drizzle the mixture over the popcorn. Using a large spoon, gently stir the popcorn until everything is lightly coated (around 2 minutes of “folding” the mixture together).

Gently pour the popcorn onto a baking sheet, spread it out. Sprinkle with salt.

Put this baking sheet into a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 5-7 minutes so the coating can caramelize.

Remove from the oven. Allow to cool. Transfer to a serving bowl.