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Chewy Caramel Popcorn and Pretzel Bars

At eight minutes, the caramel will have a toffeelike flavor. For a richer caramel, cook it longer.

  • yield: Makes 12

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 cups plain popped popcorn (from 1/2 cup kernels or 2 microwave packages)
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped small salted pretzels (7.5 ounces)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Cook's Note

Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, up to 2 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss together popcorn and pretzels. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water to a boil over medium-high. Boil, undisturbed, until mixture is amber in color, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and slowly pour in cream (mixture will sputter). Immediately add marshmallows; stir until melted.

  2. Step 2

    Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and quickly stir with a rubber spatula to coat. Transfer mixture to dish and use a piece of plastic wrap coated with cooking spray to press evenly into dish. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired. Let cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.

Source
Everyday Food, October 2010

Reviews (4)

  • 21 Aug, 2012

    I have not tried this deliciously decadent sounding recipe as yet, however, I think I would prefer to substitute nuts for the pretzels when I do. I have a feeling that I might have to alter the recipe somewhat to do so simply because of the fat content in pecans. Then again... I know this will be a huge hit, mega calories and all!

  • 22 Feb, 2011

    ****Pmsl****** I made those changes in my app and it looks like 1.8g fat and 127 calories just by subbing Splenda (for sugar)and half and half cream (for heavy(whipping) cream) - makes it a little more bareable as a treat!!!!! And she's right MSL, you guys should put your nutritional information on your pages !! It took me 2 minutes to get this info, sheesh!!

  • 22 Feb, 2011

    I have an app on my iPhone called Lose it and you can add any food item/recipe into it and get the break down - like calories etc. I figured it out for you - there are about 205 calories, 4.2 g fat per bar, BUT if you use Splenda and maybe a light half and half cream you could probably cut out alot of fat and calories (there are over 780 calories in a cup of white sugar alone and the cream alone adds 45g of fat......) Hope it helps, if you have an iPod or iPhone download the app :)

  • 22 Feb, 2011

    where is the Nutritional Information on any of your recipes. I need that information due to a special diet. I like most of your recipes, but I really need to know how much of certain items I am eating. I hope you can help me. I do enjoy these e mails and the television show.

    Thanks

    Pat