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Honey-Roasted-Peanut Popcorn

/ Source: "Kewl Bites"
Honey-Roasted-Peanut Popcorn
Anthony Quintano/TODAY


  • 3 tablespoons popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract*
  • 2 cups unsalted raw peanuts
  • Chef notes

    *As an alternative to vanilla extract, try 1⁄2 teaspoon ground dried vanilla beans. (The black specks in your favorite vanilla ice cream are vanilla beans.) Check out your local gourmet food shop to find these powdered beans.


    1. Place the kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold and seal the bag with tape, leaving generous space inside. Microwave on high 1 minute and 30 seconds, or until the kernels are mostly popped but not burnt. Remove the popcorn to a bowl.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat the paper with canola oil.
    3. Microwave the honey in a small microwave-proof bowl on high for about 20 seconds. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Toss with the peanuts in a medium bowl until well coated.
    4. Spread the peanuts on the prepared sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove, stir to break up any clumps, and bake 5 minutes more, until deep golden. Cool, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
    5. Add the peanuts to the popcorn and gently toss. Mix until evenly distributed without breaking up the popcorn.
    Source: "Kewl Bites"