Here I am again with one more post of the Disney Gourmet Series! Today features Dumbo’s Peanut Butter Popcorn. :)
Seriously… Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Actually, me! I am definitely not crazy for peanut butter. I still remember when I was little and my dad brought peanut butter from the supermarket and he showed it to me and my brother and we were like: meh! And he was like: “But it’s AMERICAN!!!”, because in Brazil everything that is American is supposed to be good. Ha! Anyway, even though I’m not a peanut butter person, I DEVOURED this popcorn. Because it is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! (My husband said it was the best popcorn he ever ate in his life!)
Back to Dumbo. This Dumbo theme wasn’t too difficult to figure out! [Dumbo = elephant = peanuts] + [Dumbo = elephant = Circus = popcorn] = Peanut Butter Popcorn! \o/ Needless to say the next equation is Peanut Butter Popcorn = Lots of delicious sweet and salty popcorn in MAH BELLYYYYY!!!
And now’s time for the shameful confession of the day… I watched Dumbo again last night so I could have it fresh in my mind when I’d write this post. I started crying (more like sobbing, really!) right at the beginning, when Mrs. Jumbo is taken to solitary only because she defended her baby from some nasty kids that were making fun of his ears. I only stopped at the end, when Dumbo finally flies and becomes a huge star and has his momma back with him! It is such a sad movie! Even Tim cried! (There, I said it! Now I have to go lock myself in the bathroom because he is going to be furious at me when he reads this!) But thankfully the movie has a happy ending and everybody ends up happy ever after (even the mean gossipy elephants)! :) (I wouldn’t stop crying for days if Dumbo and his mom didn’t end up together!)
Oh, you haven’t watched Dumbo? No problem! I’ll give you a small synopsis and then you can go make this Peanut Butter Popcorn and eat it while you’re watching it! :)
Dumbo is a movie from 1941 about this little guy (elephant…) called Dumbo (actually, his name is Jumbo Junior, but the mean gossipy elephants started calling him Dumbo because of his big ears) that is picked on throughout the whole movie, loses his mother and is made a clown in the Circus, until he discovers he can fly (thanks to his mouse friend!), surprising everyone and becoming a big star! The movie is set in a traveling circus in the United States (they show a map of Florida in the beginning).
One thing I find very weird about this movie is that whole sequence when Dumbo (a child!!) and his mouse friend get drunk (!) and hallucinate for over 2 minutes with psychedelic pink elephants dancing and singing… I’m sure there might be lots and lots of studies on this all over the internet. I just wanted to point out that Disney used to be way more liberal in the past, when baby Dumbo would get drunk, Alice would eat suspicious mushrooms, Snow White lived with 7 little men…! Nowadays it’s all politically correct and safe. Not that I’m complaining, but I do love the Classics!
So: Peanut Butter Popcorn. Great afternoon snack for kids and for grown ups! 7 ingredients: honey, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, peanut butter, peanuts and, of course, popcorn! Easy, simple, quick and delicious! Do you think Dumbo would approve? I think so! :) (I wish I could go over there when he’s crying because he was separated from his mom and give him a big bowl of these!!!)
- 10 cups popped popcorn, unpopped kernels removed
- ⅓ cup honey
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup Peanut Butter
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
- Sea salt
- In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, simmer the honey and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the peanut butter and the vanilla extract. Stir until the peanut butter is dissolved and you have a creamy sauce.
- In a big bowl, pour the peanut butter sauce over the popcorn and mix it well so all the popcorn is coated.
- Add the chopped peanuts and give it another mix so the peanuts stick to the coated popcorn.
- Spread the popcorn on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle some sea salt all over the popcorn.
- Let dry for 10 minutes before serving.