Friday, February 10, 2012

From My Kitchen: Chocolate Popcorn Chews

If you like popcorn, chocolate, and Rice Krispie treats, you'll love these fast and easy bars. I made these as a treat that accommodates Sam's new wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free diet, and they were pretty popular.

This is a modified version of a recipe on the Orville Redenbacher Web site. The original recipe called for white chocolate, dried cranberries and chopped almonds, which sounds fantastic. But I have kiddos, so we went with just chocolate chips. (The Enjoy Life brand is dairy free and soy free.)

Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Popcorn Chews

1 bag (2.9 ounces) (11 cups popped) Natural Microwave Popcorn
1 cup chocolate chips
1 package (10.5 ounce) Miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup margarine or butter (I used Earth Balance Soy-free, Dairy-free Buttery Spread. Coconut oil would probably work, too.)
Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels. Combine popped corn and chocolate chips in large bowl sprayed with cooking spray.

Place marshmallows and butter or butter substitute in 8-cup glass measure. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Immediately stir into popcorn mixture; toss until evenly coated. Spoon into prepared pan. Spray hands with cooking spray; press mixture evenly into pan. Allow to cool. Cut into 24 bars.

These were a nice change from Rice Krispie treats, and way easier to make than popcorn balls. We all enjoyed them, and I ate way more than I should have. I'm always up for a salty/sweet treat!


© Trippin' Mama 2012


Kaia said...

Thought of you when I saw this: Should fit Sam's diet if you can find good chocolate chips! If not, she has a recipe for those, too!

Judy said...

would be great with peanuts or almonds added. yum.