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It’s one of those treats that the second the aroma hits your nose, you instantly crave it. Or is that just me with all the foods? Don’t answer that.
I mean, you can’t go to a movie theater and walk past the popcorn, even if it is like $20 a bag now. It’s virtually impossible to resist the buttery, nutty smell of freshly popped popcorn and the irresistible, glistening butter coating on each fresh kernel.
But again, $20 a bag. Homegirl has to pay some bills so I ain’t got time for expensive popcorn.
That’s why I love ACT II Popcorn and teamed up with them to create this fabulous Nutty Buddy Popcorn! It is perfect alone or dressed up with chocolate, peanut butter and crunchy wafer cookies to create the best treat for movie night or your favorite TV show marathons, which my family and I regularly indulge in.
Nothing’s better than curling up on the couch with my fam after a long day of work, and of course, there has to be snacks. Movie night without popcorn is like a birthday party without cake – somewhere, a child is crying over it. So when we huddle together to watch something scary or laugh our bellies off during a comedy, we’re noshing on popcorn.
Most of the time I make plain ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn since it’s the best popcorn around. It’s super buttery and delicious and pops perfectly every time. But for a recent TV show binge-fest, I decided to dress up the popcorn into one of my favorite cookies: the Nutty Bar. Those crispy peanut butter & chocolate wafer cookies are the bomb and my family loves ’em, so I knew creating a popcorn munch with the same flavors as those iconic yellow-box cookies was absolutely necessary.
For this recipe, I shopped at Sam’s Club where they have the big 28-count boxes of ACT II Popcorn. And if you download the Ibotta app, you can grab a $2 off coupon exclusively for Sam’s Club. Sweet! And can we talk about Sam’s for a minute? I just love their free samples! I tried the ACT II Popcorn at a demo over the weekend and they mixed it with Oreos. It. Was. DIVINE.
And speaking of divine… I mean, there are no words for this popcorn. It’s a must-try!
Nutty Buddy Popcorn
- 2 bags ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn popped and unpopped kernels discarded
- 1/2 pkg vanilla candy coating I like CandiQuik
- 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 8 crispy peanut butter chocolate wafer cookies like Nutty Bars, roughly chopped
- 2 squares chocolate candy coating
- Line a flat work space with wax paper. In a large bowl, melt the vanilla candy coating until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Once melted, stir in the peanut butter until combined.
- Add the popcorn to the mixture and gently toss to coat the popcorn. Spread the popcorn out onto the wax paper in an even, single layer. Top evenly with the chopped cookies.
- Melt the chocolate candy coating in another small bowl until melted; pour the melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag, snip off the tip, and drizzle over the popcorn. Allow the chocolate to set, about 15 minutes, before breaking into pieces to serve.
This twenty-minute recipe could not be simpler to make! I love the crunch from the popcorn and cookies and the texture of the creamy peanut butter coating that blankets each kernel of popcorn. This is sweet, salty, and a whole lotta heavenly! What’s your favorite way to enjoy popcorn? Answer in the comments below! 🙂
Have a sweet day!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
Whenever we go to the movies, I pop some popcorn on the stove before we leave the house and season it with Mrs. Dash’s Fiesta Lime spices. My boyfriend always requests it and we end up saving a ton of money. It’s probably against all of the movie theater rules, but rebellion is necessary when saving money (and calories). Nutty Buddy Popcorn needs to be made in my house ASAP. It has all of my favorite things. Now, I just need a new show to binge.
You’re totally right, Erin! And I’m not above smuggling my own popcorn and snacks into the movie theater. In fact, I still do it whenever we go, ha!
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
This is one indulgent popcorn. Love the nutty buddy spin on it.
My favorite popcorn is movie theater popcorn. I’m not sure why but it is always so much tastier than anything you can make at home. Maybe it’s all the butter.
I think you’re right! I LOVE movie theater popcorn. They must do something different with it.
Katelyn @munchie pie says
Who doesn’t have a “movie purse”? You know, the purse that’s like the size of a beach bag filled with popcorn, candy, and drinks? Haha that’s what I do anyways!! 🙂 And next time I’ll have to throw this popcorn in because it looks DELISH!
YES! I totally have a movie purse, Katelyn! So funny 🙂
Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake says
This looks fabulous!!! Love nutty buddies and genius idea to pair them with popcorn!
Thanks Stephanie! xoxo!
Lily Lau says
Who cares about the movie having these popcorn? 😀
Thanks Lily! xoxo!
Jessica @ Sweetest Menu says
Quite possibility the best snack EVER! This looks SO good!
Thanks a bunch, Jessica!! It is a pretty darn irresistible snack mix!
Amy Tong says
Oh my…this pop corn looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it this weekend when we have our movie night at home. 🙂
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
FACT: as a youth I would ONLY eate Act II popcorn (butter lovers to be specific)
and also this popcorn looks so sweet n salty and irresistible!
That Act II Popcorn RULES!!
Samantha K says
Yum! This has my name written all over it! Time to schedule a movie night with the family! #client