A few year’s ago one of The Hub’s Ohio-dwelling relatives sent us a box of something called “Buckeye Crunch” with our Christmas package. I scoffed at the snack, and added it to the pile of OSU stuff we received that year. However, a few days later I found The Hub snacking on it and decided to grab a handful for myself.
Well shut my mouth and call me Brutus – the stuff is A-MAYYYYYY-ZIIIIIIING! Carmel popcorn and peanuts with chocolate and peanut butter, as if they had melted a bunch of delicious buckeyes and encased the mixture in them!
My very next thought was “WAIT, I can totally make that!” The first year I made homemade Carmel corn, which added a bunch of time and effort to the whole thing – so I decided I would “lazy it up” a bit.
So I did – let’s make some. Here we go:
What you Need:
1 “family sized” box of Carmel Crunch n’ Munch
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag peanut butter chips (don’t use PB from the jar, it will never harden. Learn from my mistakes, people!)
Large sheet of foil
What you do:
Spread the Crunch n’ Munch out on the large piece of foil until it is in a single layer, as in the picture above.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips at 30 second intervals:
Stirring in between each 30 second burst:
Until completely melted:
Dip the tines of a fork into the chocolate and drizzle over the Crunch n Munch as evenly as you can (this doesn’t need to be artistically done, just get some chocolate on all the pieces and use up all the chocolate.)
Now, lather, rinse, repeat with the Peanut Butter chips, keeping in mind that you do NOT want to over-heat them or they actually get a little chalky – so heat for 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring until just melted.
Then drizzle it onto the popcorn as well:
Now the hard part. Walk away. No touchy. This needs to dry for AT LEAST 1 hour, and 2 is better, before you do anything.
BUT WAIT, I have a bribe for you. You see, this process has left 2 not-quite-cleaned-out bowls of melty deliciousness:
With these I just can’t help myself – I take my fork and do my best “HEY, your Peanut Butter got on my Chocolate,” exclamation as I dunk… then I switch to “NO! Your Chocolate fell in my Peanut Butter!” and go again. I will not disclose how many times I repeat this.
Two hours later the mixture is ready to be broken up and put into gift bags or a tight-lidded storage container.