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Popcorn Bars Recipe

Popcorn Bars Recipe

Forget the hassle of homemade popcorn balls; these bars taste just fabulous without all the fuss! As added bonus, they’re not too sticky, so they're great for little hands. Cathy Tang - Redmond, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 package (10 ounces) large marshmallows
  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups M&M's minis


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter; add corn syrup and marshmallows. Cook and stir over low heat for 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Add popcorn; stir until coated. Stir in peanuts and M&M's until combined. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cool to room temperature. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: This recipe was prepared with popcorn popped in oil.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 189 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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teachbio User ID: 537700 68308
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I have made this recipe for years. I also, leave out the corn syrup and most of the time add a cup of raisins. I have never had a problem with my M & Ms melting."

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 136578
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"I think this is a good recipe--with modifications. I'm not entirely sure that the corn syrup is necessary--makes for the extra gooeyness. I poured a 1/2 c. of the M&Ms in a second before putting in the pan so they wouldn't melt. Then I sprinkled the remaining ones on the top of bars--this worked well and kept them from all melting."

Jarrene User ID: 2197816 157169
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"I agree with you.  My M&M;s melted and was very gooey.  Wonder what made them that way?


SaraMarx User ID: 135276 74858
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"These sounded like a fun "take" on Rice Krispie Bars but they were VERY gooey and hard to eat. I would not make them again!"

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