"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."
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 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 (no substitutes), cubed
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, M&M's and pretzels; set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and flour. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 6 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 244°-248° (firm-ball stage), stirring after each minute.
- Immediately pour over popcorn mixture and 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.
Originally published as Caramel Popcorn Bars in Taste of Home February/March 2001, p8