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Caramel Popcorn Bars Recipe

"Need a fun last-minute school snack or bake sale item?" asks Ruth Burrus of Zionsville, Indiana. "These popular bars are sweet and chewy and can be ready in just minutes."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups honey graham cereal
  • 1 cup milk chocolate M&M's
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks, broken
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, M&M's and pretzels; set aside.
  • 2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and flour. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 244°-248° (firm-ball stage), stirring after each minute.
  • 3. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat. Press into a buttered 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 170 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.