Nuts and Pops

Ditch your junk food away and have this Nuts and Pops (Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts), its not just nutritious but packs a lot of energy every kids and even adults would love.

Several weeks ago me and my daughter made one of my favourite childhood snack which is mixed Popcorn and Nuts coated with Caramel, I am not sure if it is commercially available here in New Zealand that’s why we made our own so that I can let my daughter try it. In the Philippines we can easily buy this in supermarkets and it is called “Nuts and Pops” but I guess they are not selling it now as the Goldilocks version became really popular and the one they sell does not have nuts on it. Now if you are tired of having that butter or salted popcorn you should definitely try this one out for a change.

Before we go on to the recipe I will give you some information about this loved snack. Popcorn existed since 4700 B.C., there was an evidence found in Peru which dates back to that time. It was believed then to have arrived in North America around 3600 BC when evidences were found in New Mexico. There were no accounts after that but history says that during the Great Depression (around 1930 – 1945) popcorn became really popular, at 5-10 cents a bag this is what people eat as a cheaper alternative. During those times there are lots of businesses who sold popcorn and it became a great source of income for many struggling farmers. Combining caramel and corn on the other hand dates as far as 1890s when Cracker Jack was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, it was made out of molasses, popcorn and peanuts. The production process got enhanced and mass commercialization took place, peanuts was omitted then the rest was history.

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Nuts and Pops

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American


Ditch your junk food away and have this Nuts and Pops (Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts), its not just nutritious but packs a lot of energy every kids and even adults would love.


  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup popping corn
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a deep heavy pot heat oil add two pieces of popping corn then turn heat on. When both kernels pops it means your oil is ready.
  2. Pour the 1/2 cup of popping corn then cover, once you hear the popping sound move the pot briskly and continuously on the stove top so that the corn kernels that haven’t popped yet settles to the bottom. Once the popping stopped open the lid and pour popcorn on a separate container immediately.
  3. Using the same pot add the butter, salt and sugar, melt mixture in low heat until it becomes caramel in consistency. Please note sugar will initially crystalize and it will be in that state for a bit longer than you expected, be patient, don’t turn the heat higher and keep an eye on it as it will melt instantly, and once it melts give it 10 more seconds and you should turn of the heat immediately otherwise it will burn the sugar.
  4. Now add the popcorn and peanuts, mix well until popcorn is evenly coated.
  5. While still hot, place coated popcorn in a flat surface, prevent them from forming into large chunks and let it cool.



14 Responses

  1. My mom made cracker jacks every Christmas, which molasses, it was a favorite. Popcorn is still a favorite for us, we make it every Sunday night for dinner. 🙂

  2. kitchenriffs says:

    I love the name, “Nuts and Pops!” So much fun. As is this recipe – really good stuff. Thanks.

  3. Oh my goodness… I need this recipe in my life. I’m making this for movie night and I know I will thoroughly enjoy it 🙂

  4. Caroline says:

    Omg YUM!! Caramel popcorn is my favorite…yours looks and sounds amazing!

  5. Michelle says:

    My mom makes this, too — but with sorghum molasses. Wish I had some now!

  6. Mary Frances says:

    How nice to share this tradition with your daughter. Made with love, clearly!

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I’ve been refusing to make popcorn with flavor (especially sweeten ones) because I know I’ll be holding a bucket of popcorn next to my computer and I’ll be eating WHOLE night. But really, it looks so good and hard to resist… Looks so delicious!

  8. mjskit says:

    Oh I love this snack! Going to have to make it this weekend for the football games!

  9. Juliana says:

    Yum! Caramel popcorn with salty peanuts…what a great thing to have it handy…
    Thanks for this recipe Raymund and hope you are having a wonderful week 😀

  10. cquek says:

    yummy snack while watching my movies.

  11. I could devour bowls of this during movie night!

  12. That actually looks quite easy ! I have tried drizzling honey on my popped corn and it just made them all soggy. I will definitely try this next time we are watching a movie at home !

    In New Zealand, try looking in the supermarket in the chip aisle for “Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs” – it’s exactly this and they are DELICIOUS. Think it’s an Australian brand but I’m sure they would have it in New Zealand too. Good luck !

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