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peanut butter and nutella popcorn balls

My popcorn kernels, peanut butter, and nutella all bully each other around on their crowded shelf in my pantry. When I pull the peanut butter down, he knocks the nutella over, and when I grab the popcorn kernels, they push the peanut butter off of the ledge. They just won’t play nicely or give each other any personal space!


When I mentioned the predicament to Rebecca at Crave, she encouraged me to create a snack that combined all three. Although tempted to stick them in hour-long timeouts in separate corners of the kitchen, I decided to try her suggestion and get the three to cooperate after all.  


peanut butter and nutella popcorn balls


With holiday music playing and Christmas lights twinkling, I taught the popcorn, peanut butter, and nutella about the season of love and joy as I stirred, shaped, and drizzled them into a sweet treat. By the end of the night, they erased their names from Santa’s Naughty List and earned an extra present in place of a lump of coal!


peanut butter and nutella popcorn balls


Peanut Butter and Nutella Popcorn Balls

modified from this recipe

makes 20-24

If allergic to peanuts, substitute almond or cashew butter. These are best if eaten the same day that they’re made.

1 recipe microwave popcorn

¼ c. light corn syrup

¼ c. granulated sugar

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp nutella

¾ tsp milk

  1. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a clean, dry surface.
  2. In a large pot, mix together the corn syrup, sugar, salt, and peanut butter. Stir over low heat for 4-6 min or until the mixture begins to bubble. Turn off the heat, and stir in the popcorn, ensuring that all of the pieces are evenly coated.
  3. Working quickly, use about 2-3 tablespoons of popcorn and shape into a ball. Place on the prepared wax paper, and repeat with the remaining popcorn mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the nutella and milk. Drizzle over the tops of the popcorn balls.


peanut butter and nutella popcorn balls



December 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Delicious Desserts.


  1. mmmarzipan replied:

    These look and sound delicious! Love the Nutella inclusion!

  2. sleepingwithacat replied:

    For heaven sake… this looks so good! But I’m trying to cut on the nutella.. but this is tentacional.


    • foods for the soul replied:

      There’s very little nutella in these popcorn balls; it’s only drizzled on top. You could substitute melted chocolate instead if you’d like. But they also taste just fine without it!

  3. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    So, I can PERSONALLY attest to the deliciousness of these little balls of merriment! And to find out that they are relatively healthy? My guilt for eating three as an after-work snack is abolished! I don’t think I’d had a popcorn ball since I was a small child… and eating them brought up both feelings of happy nostalgia and feelings of urgency to start making these a regular household treat!! 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Aww you are too sweet, thank you! I thought about it today, and I actually don’t think I’ve ever eaten a popcorn ball! Lots of caramel corn (from the Boy Scouts), but never a popcorn ball… But I’m now obsessed and dreaming up more flavor combinations! I’m glad you enjoyed them!!

  4. xoxbekxox replied:

    Love this! 🙂 How was it? I think it’d be a perfect accompaniment on the Christmas table, or as a special Christmas gift to a nutella/pb/popcorn addict haha!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      They were amazing!! Perfectly crunchy with the right amount of peanut butter and nutella too. They disappeared so quickly; everyone loved them! Thanks again for the idea!! :]

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  7. Lauren replied:

    Oh my god, these look absolutely delicious…it’s probably dangerous that I saw this recipe!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      The most dangerous part is how easy they are to make! I couldn’t believe how quickly they came together. And since everyone loved them, I was more than happy to make another batch! I’m working on a chocolate version instead of the PB… We’ll see how that goes!

  8. sfarrisyoung replied:

    I’ve been looking at popcorn ball recipes and you had me at Nutella! I make a nutella hot chocolate, so I’m always looking for a good excuse to put Nutella in something tasty.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Me too! I started out with a Nutella cookie recipe and realized I should do something else with it, other than eat it straight from the jar. Hot chocolate sounds like an excellent place for it too!

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