Pretzel-Popcorn Bars By: Jillian D.
Now here’s an irresistible treat: pretzel-popcorn bars! Who doesn’t love salty-sweet whole grain popcorn and protein-packed peanuts with real butter and favorite chocolate bites thrown in the mix? Toss in salty pretzels and my kid who has cystic fibrosis just salivates for pretzel-popcorn bars. A generation ago my grandma introduced popcorn cakes to the family. I would jump for joy at the arrival of the plain brown box with a festive cake enclosed. Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas...all called for popcorn cake! As the delicious tradition took hold I experimented with shape and elements; pretzel-popcorn bars were born. Try them as an after-school snack, a conversation starter at parties, holiday cheer, and best yet, serve them while tailgating at Great Strides.
- 4 qt popped popcorn (either from two 3.5 ounce microwavable bags or about 3/4 cups popcorn kernels)
- 12 oz dry roasted peanuts
- 2 c broken pretzel pieces
- 8 oz plain M&M's
- 8 oz peanut M&M's
- 1/2 c butter
- 16 oz large marshmallows
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add All Ingredients
In an extra large mixing bowl, mix popcorn, peanuts, pretzel pieces and M&M's.
In a large saucepan, melt marshmallows, butter and vanilla extract over low heat.
Pour over popcorn mixture. Mix well.
With buttered hands (careful as mixture is hot) press mixture tightly into a buttered 9x13" pan.
Let stand 1-2 hours. Slice and serve.
- Servings: 14
Amount per serving:
- Calories: 540
- Fat: 27 g
- Sodium: 320 mg
- Protein: 10 g
- Calcium: 50 mg
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