Popcorn, Caramel Bars

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Ethnicity
None  
Base Type
Sugar  
Course
Snack  
Preparation Time
30-60 Minutes  
Difficulty
Intermediate  
Serving Size
Refresh / Double it
Comments
Fun treat for traveling  
Source
 
Source Description
Mom M.  
Last Modified
2011-01-09  
User
Joyce McGuire



Ingredients
                
8 c
Popped popcorn

2 c
Honey Graham cereal

1 c
M&M's, plain

1 c
broken pretzels, sticks

1 c
packed sugar, brown

1/2 c
cubed butter

1/2 c
corn syrup

2 T
flour


Directions
Combine first four ingredients in large heat proof bowl.

Combine remaining ingredients and heat on stove until candy thermometer reads between 244 and 248 degrees (firm ball stage).  Stirring continuously.

Immediately pour over popcorn and toss to coat.  Press into 15 X 10 X 1 inch buttered pan.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.

OPTIONAL:  Instead of cooling in bars, cool on two greased cookie sheets, in thin layer, then break into "pieces".

Optional:  Do not add M&M's until later. Cook on low heat (200) for 30 minutes, add M&M's and cool on waxed paper.

Optional 2:  Do not add maple syrup but use 2.5 tsp cinnamon instead.  Replace pretzel sticks with sliced almonds and pecans.