Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Did Somebody Say Caramel Corn Bars?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Did Somebody Say Caramel Corn Bars?

When it comes to recipes, there's a running joke in our family to never get attached to anything that my mother-in-law makes. She is the queen of putting a different spin on every recipe she makes, so you NEVER get the same thing twice from her. What could be yummy this time around might just be ho-hum next time, but the third time it could be stellar. You just never know, and I think there's some fun in that kind of mystery.

I also have a little quirk when it comes to recipes. I believe that variety is the spice of life, and want to try as many new things as possible when it comes to eating. I've since retired my recipe box and have moved on to 3 huge binders to keep my collection in, all with their own little folders for each recipe category. One of those categories is "Most Used" so I can quickly find our favorites. A recipe has to be pretty kick-ass to make it to that folder, otherwise it probably won't see the light of day around here again.

I was recently craving some caramel corn (who doesn't in the fall?) and thought I'd try an idea I heard about from a friend a while back. My family loves Rice Krispies Treats, so we thought we'd try the same concept of putting together some bars, but with a fall flavored treat of caramel corn in place of the rice puff cereal. The end result turned into these scrumptious Caramel Corn Bars!

Caramel Corn Bars

Made with the traditional gooey marshmallow mixture, it's a great way to create a fall inspired treat. What's fun about this recipe is you can be just like my mother-in-law and change it up with different ingredients each time you make it. Change the peanuts for a different kind of nut, swap out the chocolate chips for M&M's, add in some dried fruit. The possibilities are endless!

Caramel Corn Bars


When Allison first had these, she asked, "Did you buy these or make them?" When I told her I made them she said, "Dang it! That means we aren't ever going to get them again!" No need to worry, child, this recipe went straight into my favorites folder, so we'll be sure to have them time and time again.
yield: 12 Barsprint recipe

Caramel Corn Bars

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups Caramel Corn (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (any- milk, semi sweet, white, dark chocolate)
  • 1 package of mini marshamallows (10.5 ounce)
  • 1/4 cup butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large bow, combine caramel corn, peanuts, 1 cup of marshmallows, and chocolate chips.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows. Cook and stir until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and pour over caramel corn mixture. Stir to coat.
  3. Using greased hands, press mixture into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Allow to cool. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
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This is a favorite recipe among kids and adults, so it's a perfect addition to any dessert table, pot luck, or bake sale you attend this fall!

Caramel Corn Bars

What mix-ins would you add to this recipe to make it different on your next batch?




32 comments:

  1. LOL! And why don't you commercialize them, eh? Such an awesome idea! My hubby would greatly approve, and I may even end up enjoying caramel corn. ;)

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  2. Those looks absolutely amazing! I love caramel corn, so I can't wait to try these.

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  3. BOOM shacka lacka. I LOVE caramel corn, and anything in bar form is a winner. I MUST make these!

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  4. Cashews...I would add cashews! Yum!! Or, I wonder how pretzels would taste in the mix. A little salty with the sweet.

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    1. Ooh, yes! I must add pretzels next time. What a great way to get more crunch in these bars!

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  5. I don't think I've ever made anything identical twice either :) Even while I was making cakes for monies and I would stick to my recipe, the ingredients you buy were never the same, either eggs, or yoghurt or cream... and the result is always different at least a bit....

    Caramel makes everything bettah! I've never heard of caramel corn but we did have caramel puff rice before. Your bars certainly look nom nom nom super nom.... One could make it with honey instead of the marshmallows too since we don't have them here :(

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    1. I never asked why you aren't making cakes for monies anymore? No time with the book translations?

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    2. I've no access to the kitchen as you know :(

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  6. I'd switch peanuts for cashews at my sea, that is a crap load of recipes indeed at your feed.

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  7. Those look so yummy! Caramel makes everything taste so much better!

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  8. This looks so yummy. I am always looking for new treats to make for the kids on game night.

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  9. Oh yum! These are the perfect fall treat. I wish my daughter could eat them. She has braces, so she cannot!

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  10. I could so make this with our home grown popcorn. We gave a lot away, but still have some for us. :) This looks yummy!

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  11. This is so tasty looking. I love caramel corn in the winter! I need to make this.

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  12. That is really tempting and it would be perfect for our movie marathon tonight!

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  13. That looks so good. I bet my kids would love it!

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  14. I LOVE caramel corn! So good. I cannot wait to try these Caramel Corn bars! They look amazing.

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  15. I am a huge peanut butter fan so I would try peanut butter chips or just a dab of peanut butter itself. Of course I try each recipe as it is first and then add the second or third time I make it.

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  16. That looks like the perfect snack and dessert. I love that you can easily make it at home. It could be a little messy because of the marshmallow, but that's always part of the fun!

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  17. I'm sure my kids will love this! These look amazing! I can't wait to try this!

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  18. So good looking I clicked over from your Facebook to pin it! :) I'd like to make these for tomorrow. We are going to my oldest son's house, and they told me not to bring anything, but of course you have to bring something! :)

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    1. No, you can't show up empty handed. I thought about making these again, but my niece is insisting I make some brownie buckeyes she found over on Facebook. I'm not too thrilled that the recipe calls for boxed brownie mix since that means I'll have to run to the store during mad rush hours, but what niece wants, niece gets :)

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  19. These look like the perfect hiking/working outdoors snack. I will have to share this with my brother-in-law and his wife. They are always working outdoors at their property.

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  20. Oh my goodness. I need to make some of these asap. They look and sound so delicious. My husband and I would really enjoy this! - jEANINE

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  21. What a super delicious looking snack! We have all of the ingredients, I should make them!

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  22. Yum, I can see this making it into our favorite recipes collection too!!

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  23. Caramel corn in bar form? Yes, please? This looks amazing and I bet it tastes wonderful too!

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  24. I would love to make these with my kids this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Looks super DELISH!

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  25. I guess I said yes to caramel corn bars! These look good I am a big caramel fan!

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  26. OMG this look so good! I love caramel corn and I am going to make these tomorrow.

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  27. Those look soooo delicious. Will definitely have to make them sometime soon.

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