Festive Popcorn Bars Recipe

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For a popcorn ball taste but with less fuss, try these bars. Adding peanut butter and M&M's makes them fun. They're a hit with all ages.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 2 cups peanut M&M's
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 149 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 64 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large greased bowl, combine the popcorn, cereal and M&M's; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the corn syrup, sugar and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add peanut butter; stir until blended.
  2. Pour over popcorn mixture; toss gently to coat. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. Cool before cutting. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Festive Popcorn Bars in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p38

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