These Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Popcorn Bars put a fabulous peanut butter and popcorn spin on traditional crispy rice treats!
Do you love crispy rice treats?
If you do, you are going to LOVE this peanut butter and marshmallow riff on them. There’s nothing better than an ooey, gooey sweet treat, and if you’re a popcorn fanatic this is going to be right up your alley. It goes without saying that I’ll pretty much put peanut butter in any recipe, and it is amazing with the marshmallows and popcorn. I threw in some chocolate chips for good measure and because, well, chocolate chips are rarely a bad decision!
I had the opportunity to give the new Peter Pan peanut butter, Simply Ground, a test spin and for a serious peanut butter lover like myself, this stuff was absolute heaven! This is fresh ground peanut butter with a little bit of consistency left, so it’s creamy but has just a bit of crunch, which is totally the best of both worlds. I may have eaten half of the honey roasted jar straight up with a spoon. No apologies.
Since I had the opportunity to be a little adventurous with a new peanut butter, I wanted to throw together a fun and easy recipe that would be perfect for after school snacks, camping trips and backyard swim parties. Mission accomplished!
I popped my own popcorn for this recipe, but you could totally buy a bag of plain popcorn at the grocery store, or use microwave popcorn all the same. I would just stay away from overly buttered popcorn, as I don’t think the flavors would play nicely with these bars.
If you’re looking for an easy and fun recipe that serves a crowd and satisfies a sweet tooth, whip up these peanut butter and marshmallow popcorn bars ASAP. I think these would also be great formed into balls for gifts at the holidays!
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add the peanut butter and stir until it is melted and thoroughly combined with the marshmallow mixture. Add the popcorn and quickly stir to coat all of the popcorn.
Turn the popcorn mixture out into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Using a spatula or wooden spoon coated in non-stick cooking spray, press into a compact, even layer.
Allow to sit at room temperature until set, about 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.