This Scrumptious Candy Bar Popcorn Snack makes a delicious snack that is impossible not to eat. It looks fancy but is so simple to make. It’s perfect for any occasion.
We generally take whatever we have left after Halloween to my husband’s office, where it’s demolished within seconds. If you can visualize a school of piranha’s moving in for the kill, you wouldn’t be too far off. This year, I was attending a meeting, where munchies are welcome. I wanted to take something that we could munch on whether we were taking notes or socializing. This fancy schmancy popcorn entered my itty bitty brain. You can use any type of candy, so when I perused what we had left, the Snickers won.
I usually only buy the candy that we wouldn’t mind having leftover. I don’t know how smart that is but I don’t have any trouble getting rid of it.
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Candy Bar Popcorn makes a delicious snack that is impossible not to eat. It looks fancy but is so simple to make. It's perfect for any occasion.
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips milk chocolate, semi-sweet or your choice
- 1 cup chopped candy bars
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. In a large bowl, measure out 12 cups of popped popcorn. I used a store variety that was lightly salted, so I didn’t add any additional salt. I also put the popcorn into a large rectangular foil pan that is suitable for roasting turkeys. Just an idea if you don’t have giant dishes at home.
In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, brown sugar corn syrup and salt (if using). Bring to a boil and stir continuously. Next boil without stirring for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mixture is a deep golden color. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will bubble.
Slowly pour the mixture over the popcorn in a thin stream. Stir to coat. Place the popcorn on one or two large baking sheet(s) that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
When popcorn is cool, break into pieces. Be careful so you don’t end up with popcorn dust! Melt the chocolate chips. I use a double boiler, but you can do it however it works for you. Drizzle chocolate over the popcorn. Stir in the candy bars. Let the popcorn sit until the chocolate hardens. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
You can stir in different kinds of candy, nuts, or even dried fruit. Make it your own!
Calories are dependent on the candy bars you choose.
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and their Pod
This snack was a hit. It would also go over well for a holiday open house, tailgating, or for when munching is required. Put it in cute cupcake liners and your guests can help themselves too. The possibilities are endless! For a fun activity put bowls of mixes in bowls and let the kids make their own concoction. It’s a great way to get the kids to use up that leftover Halloween candy too.
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