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 recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.