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Caramel Corn Bars Recipe

Caramel Corn Bars

Caramel Corn Bars are an easy, no-bake treat perfect for kids and adults. This recipe combines popcorn, peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate for a sweet and salty snack.

Hello, friend! Get ready to have a blast making (and eating!) these delicious Caramel Corn Bars. This is not your average snack; it’s a delightful mix of sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy. Think of it as popcorn’s more sophisticated, party-ready cousin. 

We’re combining light and airy popcorn with crunchy peanuts, gooey marshmallows, and rich chocolate for a treat that will disappear in a flash. 

These bars are so easy to make that you can even get the kids involved in the kitchen. So, let’s gather our ingredients and have some fun creating this sweet and salty masterpiece!

Utensils You Need:

Gather these tools to make your caramel corn bars:

  1. Large bowl
  2. Saucepan
  3. 9×13 inch baking dish
  4. Parchment paper

The Recipe

Caramel Corn Bars

Caramel Corn Bars

This no-bake treat features caramel corn, peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate for a delicious and easy snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars
Calories 200 kcal


  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • ½ cup salted peanuts
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows, divided
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine popcorn and peanuts.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  • Stir in corn syrup and 1 cup of marshmallows until melted and smooth.
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and peanuts. Stir until well coated.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips over the top.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy.


  1. If you don’t have light corn syrup, you can use golden syrup or honey.
  2. Feel free to add other mix-ins, such as pretzels, candy pieces, or dried fruit.
  3. For a richer chocolate flavor, use dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.
Keyword caramel corn, caramel corn bars, easy, kid-friendly, no-bake dessert, party food, snack, sweet and salty

Cook method: No-Cooking Required

Season: All seasons

Alternative Ingredients:

If you do not have the ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below:

PopcornRice cereal
PeanutsAny type of nut
Chocolate chipsButterscotch chips

What to Serve with Caramel Corn Bars:

You can pair this delicious Caramel Corn Bars with the following:

  • A glass of cold milk for a classic treat.
  • A warm cup of coffee or tea for a cozy snack.
  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make these bars without peanuts?

Yes, you can omit the peanuts or substitute them with other nuts, such as almonds or cashews.

Can I use regular marshmallows instead of mini marshmallows?

Yes, you can use regular marshmallows, but you’ll need to cut them into smaller pieces.

How do I store these caramel corn bars?

Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze these bars?

Yes, you can freeze the bars for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Can I add a layer of caramel to these bars?

Yes, you can add a layer of melted caramel between the popcorn mixture and the chocolate chips for an extra layer of flavor.

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