Whatchamacallit Popcorn

So it’s the second installment in Candy Bar Week!

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Did you guys like round one?  In case you missed it I made these, Kristan made theeeese and Bridget made theeeeeeeese!

Right?

 

I knew when we decided to do candy bars, that I wanted to do something with Whatchamacallits.  Do you guys remember those?

They aren’t super easy to find these days, and I’m not sure why.  They are ridiculously good…it’s a peanut butter krispie bar, topped with caramel and coated in chocolate.

First I thought about making a homemade version, which I think would be pretty simple…I think I’ll do that soon…but then I thought that the textures would really work well in a popcorn snack mix.

 

I wish I could say that being right so often is exhausting…alas, it’s not.

Whatchamacallit Popcorn.

Whatchamacallit Popcorn | Cookies and Cups

The great thing about this, is if you can find the candy bars, chopping them up and adding them is a fun addition, but if you can’t find them, the popcorn mix itself has all the flavors and textures right in there, so it really IS Whatchamacallit Popcorn..Not just caramel corn with candy bars in it.

Here are the details:  Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn with Krispy cereal mixed in for extra crunch drizzled with chocolate.

 

Just pop your corn…

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Then make your quick caramel sauce…at the end add peanut butter.

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It will be amazing looking…

Just pour it over your popcorn.

 photo IMG_8985_zps78107ba5.jpgThen sprinkle your krispie cereal over top before you mix it in…This will prevent all the cereal from falling to the bottom.  You want to get it mixed in evenly.

 photo IMG_8988_zps0da5f2e6.jpgOnce it’s all mixed in, spread it on a large baking sheet with sides and bake it for an hour at a super low heat.

 photo IMG_8991_zps8438ed87.jpgWhen it’s done, spread it on a lined counter and break apart the large pieces…

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If you’re lucky enough to be able to find the Whatchamacallit bars, chop them up…I used about 5.  You don’t have to be exact.

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And yeah…it’s basically the perfect snack.  Crunchy, not at all chewy…peanut buttery, caramelly and salty/sweet.

You should make it.

Whatchamacallit Popcorn | Cookies and Cups
Now you should go over and check out what the other girls are doing with candy bars today…

Mounds Layer Cake…I mean are you kidding me?

and Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan Ice Cream.  Yeah…I don’t know what Ritter Sport is but I am pretty sure I need some in my face.

 

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Whatchamacallit Popcorn


Description

Makes about 8 cups


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (makes about 6 cups popped)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • *optional 2-3 cups chopped Whatchamacallit candy bars
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Line a large jelly roll or roasting pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl make your popcorn in an airpopper popcorn maker. Set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and let boil on medium heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Pour peanut butter caramel over top the popcorn and before mixing sprinkle the Rice Krispie cereal on top.
  6. THEN mix everything together, making sure the popcorn and cereal get coated in mixture.
  7. Spread popcorn into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. When popcorn is done spread it out onto a parchment lined counter to cool, breaking apart large pieces.
  9. Sprinkle chopped candy bars evenly over top.
  10. Melt chocolate chips in a heavy zip-top container in 30 second increments, squeezing after each, until melted. Snip off the end of the bag and drizzle over top popcorn and candy bars.
  11. Allow chocolate to set completely.

Notes

store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

52 Responses

  1. So, I never ate a Whatchamacallit until I was like 22 years old. TRUE STORY.

    BUT….I was familiar with Ritter Sport by age 5, so I guess I had a warped childhood.

    This popcorn. Peanut Butter and caramel? Poured over top? YES.

  2. I had totally forgotten about Whatchamacallits! Now I will be ON THE LOOKOUT!!!

    That popcorn with the rice krispies and peanut butter coating?!? Shelly…that looks amazing. I could EASILY eat every bit of that in one sitting. As a matter of fact, I may plan on this and a glass of wine on Friday night. 😉

  3. Holy mother of mercy – this is the best looking popcorn I’ve ever seen! I remember whatchamacallits – I used to see the commercials all the time as a kid. I haven’t seen them in Canada since then either though. Bravo on coming up with this amazing concoction. I wish I had a tub of this right now!

  4. Shelby

    I love you.

    That’s all.

    Ok, I lied. That’s not all. I LOVE Watchamacalit’s. LOVE THEM. And — every single recipe of yours I’ve ever made has been beyond fantastic. You never disappoint. Which is something I look for in a sugar pusher. 🙂

  5. Heather

    Why do you do this to me? Here I am, 9 o’clock at night, trying to be so healthy. . . and then I see this popcorn. Game over. It looks aMAZEing and I HAVE to have some!

  6. Omg Whatchamacallits are my absolute FAVORITE chocolate bar and I get SO sad that it’s not always there so whenever I see it I jump up and down in joy and do whatever it takes to stock up. This popcorn looks absolutely AMAZING and all the ingredients are available here (nicaragua) so yay! New yummy popcorn for me 😀 Thanks so much Shelly!

  7. Kevin was looking at something I heard him say “Whoa!” and then called me over. He found this post. Whatchamacallits are his favorite and he thinks this is the best thing ever! 🙂

  8. cate

    I’m confused. I thought Shelly designated every week as candy bar week <3

    I haven't had a watchamacallit on forever. Does anybody remember, pre SATC, there there was a Mr. Big candy bar? I loved those.

  9. amelia

    We don’t have whatchamacallits in England, but boy do i wish we did!! This looks to die for! Ive had a popcorn craving for a little while now!

  10. Cindy

    I love Whatchamacallits, but they are hard to find. Sometimes our Walmart has them.

    I’d like to make this. Approx. how much caramel sauce does the recipe make? I’d like to substitute store bought & if would be nice to know how much to use. ( yes, yes, I know, homemade is better).

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  11. Sadly I think I missed out on the era of Whatchamacalits…hopefully I can scrape some up so I can make this popcorn! Now the question is…what movie to pair it with…

  12. Wow, I had practically forgotten that Whatchamacallit’s even exist anymore. Thanks for reminding me. This popcorn looks insanely good and definitely is on my list of “must make snacks”. I love that you added the Rice Krispies cereal right in with the popcorn. I can see several possibilities here. I’m a peanut butter freak, so I’m thinking Payday Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats popcorn with some chopped up Payday candy bars and drizzled with Wilton’s peanut butter candy melts… I can feel my pants getting tighter already, LOL

  13. Please make a homemade version of them! I used to always buy Whatchamacallits when I would go to the US (I am Canadian) but can’t ever find them anymore!

  14. First, candy bar week may very well be the most genius idea EVER!! Loving it! Second, before I even read this I KNEW I needed to immediately pin and bookmark this because Whatchamacallit is probably my all-time favorite candy bar and I happen to have a love affair with suped up popcorn. In summary, you have pretty much created my perfect food here. Holy moly!

  15. terry

    tried this recipe – DELISH – didn’t have rice krispies, so used corn chex instead. couldn’t find whatchamacallit bars, so used Take 5 bars. THX!!!

  16. terry

    made this last night for get together with the ladies – a big hit- DELISH. Substituted corn chex for krispies and used Take 5 bars…..too good…..and all gone already! thx!!!

  17. Lordie lord, girl. You need to contact Garrett’s popcorn stores–they need to hire you ASAP! This is definitely the next snack item on my potluck list.

  18. SheriK

    I’m getting on the bandwagon much later than all the other posts, but for all my fellow Canadian friends, the Special Crisp bar (by Hershey’s) is the Canadian equivalent to the Whatchamacallit, apparently! I’m going to give it a try today! Yumminess!!

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