Fall treat week continues with these yummy popcorn bars. This recipe is my 4th post as part of Bake for the Cure (be sure to enter the giveaway) and this recipe is my adaptation of one from the Bake for the Cure Cookbook. I always think of popcorn balls as Halloween rolls around. This recipe simplifies the process by pressing the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan and cutting them into bars. By all means if you want popcorn balls you could totally do that with this recipe.
This recipe raises the level of your regular popcorn treat by adding in peanuts and pretzel pieces. The original recipe calls for butterscotch chips along with candy coated chocolate pieces. I wanted to make this recipe with more of a Halloween look so I used milk chocolate chips along with Reese’s Pieces Baking Pieces. The results were yummy. I made the coating on these bars using Karo Lite Corn Syrup. The bottle said it has 33% less calories than regular corn syrup and contains 0 grams high fructose corn syrup.
These bars turn out soft, chewy and ooey gooey. The combination of the milk chocolate coated popcorn along with the Reese’s Pieces, pretzel pieces, and peanuts was delish! The fun thing about this recipe is you could change out the chocolate chips to any flavor you like and adjust the candy pieces to tie it in to any holiday. I think it would be great to use white chocolate chips with red and green M&M’s for Christmas. You could also change out the peanuts to any other nut you like.
Halloween Popcorn Bars
- 9 to 10 cups of popped popcorn
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 cup broken pretzel pieces
- 1 cup Karo Lite Corn Syrup (or regular will do)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 (11.5 oz) package milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup Reese’s Pieces Baking Pieces or regular Reese’s Pieces
- Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Add popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels to the bowl.
- In a medium sauce pan, cook corn syrup and butter over medium heat stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and mix in the chocolate chips. Stir until all the chips are melted.
- Pour over popcorn, peanuts, and pretzel pieces and mix well. Stir in Reese’s Pieces.
- Press into a greased 9 x 13 inch dish. Cool for 1 hour and cut into bars.