May 12, 2020 by Nicole Collins
So, what are you guys binge watching these days?
I’ve been making my way through Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. How about you?
I also just touched a book for the first time last week since we’ve been locked at home which feels a little weird. But, I get like that sometimes. Books require too much brainpower for me when times are tough or when I’m going through a funk, so I tend to turn to tv and movies which have already done the imagining for me.
When I first tested this recipe (which seems like AGES ago, but it was really only like a month or two ago); I was binge watching Love is Blind. Since then, I’ve watched Outer Banks (AMAZING), Little Fires Everywhere (EXCELLENT), Be Our Chef (cute), Normal People (FRUSTRATING), and a bunch of my favorite movies here and there. Are there any other shows that I must add to the list? I’ve got time…
I’m not usually one that likes to snack during a movie. I get distracted WAY too easily, and I like to focus all of my attention on what I’m watching so that I don’t miss anything. But, something about watching all of these shows at home has given me a case of the munchies.
Though if we’re being honest, has there really been much else to do besides munch and snack since we’ve been home anyways?
Since popcorn is a typical tv watching treat, and since I usually need a little sweet to go with my salty; that’s how today’s recipe was born.
So today, we’re making Butterfinger Popcorn!
Today’s recipe was inspired by a treat that my mom bought me before the whole world shut down. She got me a bag of Butterfinger popcorn that was a complete let down. If someone had just given it to me on a plate, I would’ve said I was eating kettle corn with some peanut butter. I would’ve never in a gazillion years guessed it was Butterfinger flavored, because THERE WERE NO BUTTERFINGERS!
I feel like it’s one of those “You had ONE job!” moments.
Thankfully for me, I could easily remedy that fail by whipping up a batch of my own. And, we’re going to do it with only 3 ingredients!
We’re going to let the grocery store do all of the work for us on this one. We need some microwaveable kettle corn, some peanut butter baking chips, and some mini Butterfinger candies. That’s it!
Side note, would you believe me if I told you that Butterfingers are probably my number 2 favorite candy, and I had absolutely no clue that they were supposed to be peanut butter flavored until I was well into my 30’s? I don’t know what flavor I thought it was, but peanut butter was not it.
Anyways, here’s the plan for this popcorn. Chop the candies into bite sized pieces. Melt the peanut butter chips. Then, pop the popcorn. We want everything prepped and ready to go, because we’re going to add the melted peanut butter and candies to the popcorn the second it comes out of the microwave. We want the candy to adhere to the popcorn, so we need to take advantage of the heat to help the chocolate melt and glue itself to the popcorn.
To help this along a bit, we’re going to throw the whole situation in the oven for just a couple of minutes…long enough to make everything melty but not long enough to toast anything. Then, we let it dry, break it up, and go to snack town. SUPER EASY!
This treat really is trouble. It’s sweet, and a little savory, and crunchy, and delicious, and sooooo easy to devour a whole bag while your eyes are glued to the screen. But since I rationed this out for myself, I was able to store leftovers in a plastic bag in the pantry for snacking on later.
Next time big box Butterfinger popcorn maker, call the professional snackers to do the job right!
Ok, everyone. Can’t wait to hear what you’re watching!
Enjoy, and let’s eat!
Serves: about 10 cups Print
1 pack microwave kettle corn, prepared according to package directions
½ cup peanut butter chips, melted according to package directions
6 fun sized Butterfingers, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
As soon as the popcorn comes out of the microwave, spread it in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with melted peanut butter chips, and top with chopped candies. Place in the oven for 3-4 minutes to allow everything to melt together.
Remove from oven, and allow to sit for 30 mins-1 hour to dry. Serve! Store leftovers in an airtight container
*Make sure you have your candies chopped and your peanut butter chips melted before the popcorn comes out of the microwave. We want to use the heat from the popcorn to help start melting the candies so everything adheres together.