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Popcorn bars with caramel

It's tough to find the perfect snack that satisfies your sweet & salty cravings! The solution? Incredibly satisfying caramel popcorn bars!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 bars
Calories 333 kcal


  • 12 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 4 cups chopped salted pretzels
  • 1 cup mixed nuts

For the caramel

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows


  • Coat a baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss together popcorn, pretzels and nuts

To make the caramel

  • In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat
  • Cook until mixture is amber in color, approx. 12 minutes
  • Remove saucepan from heat and slowly fold in cream (mixture will sputter so be careful)
  • Immediately add marshmallows and stir until melted

To make the popcorn mixture

  • Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and quickly stir with a rubber spatula to coat well
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Sprinkle with coarse salt if preferred
  • Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray then to press evenly into the pan
  • Let cool or transfer to fridge for 30 minutes before cutting into bars using a sharp knife dipped in warm water.


Serving: 1barCalories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 282mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 174IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 2mg
Keyword caramel popcorn bars, chocolate popcorn bars, popcorn dessert
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