Sunbutter Popcorn Treat

Chocolate SunButter Popcorn Bars

I was feeling a bit nostalgic recently for a salty, sweet, carnival type of treat … popcorn balls. I wasn’t terribly invested in making these 100% authentic – in other words, making these into balls is messier and more time consuming, so I took the easier alternative and turned popcorn balls into popcorn bars, kind of like rice crispy treats. Just mix up the ingredients, spread into a 9×13-inch baking dish, let cool, and then voila, you have Chocolate SunButter Popcorn Bars.

These delicious little treats can be made ahead and snacked on while you’re having a family movie night or game night, or can be made and shared with your child’s friends or classmates. Thanks to the use of SunButter, instead of peanut butter or nut butter, these are nut-free and classroom friendly.

What I love most about these is that you can adapt them to your preference. Use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, use buttered popcorn or kettle corn or maybe even caramel corn (that might be a bit too sweet though), and of course you can make this dairy-free with the use of dairy-free butter and dairy-free chocolate chips.

Sunbutter Popcorn Treat Recipe

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Sunbutter Popcorn Treat
Chocolate SunButter Popcorn Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cool time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 384 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Creamy SunButter
  • 16 ounces marshmallows
  • 1 (3.2-ounce) bag microwave popcorn, popped (or 10-12 cups popcorn of choice)
  • 10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter and SunButter together in a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and melt, stirring occasionally. Once everything has melted together and is fully combined, take off the heat and add the popcorn and chocolate chips. Stir well to combine everything.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Let cool for at least 30 minutes at room temperature (or store in the refrigerator) before cutting into squares. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate SunButter Popcorn Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 109IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn SunButter
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