Gooey Popcorn Bars (Gluten Free)

Say sod it and call a movie night with a gooey, toffee, marshmallow and chocolate covered popcorn bar in hand.  Seek pleasure watching the silky caramel strands form as you pull the bars apart. This is a quick tray bake but with no baking (bonus!) but guaranteed to brighten up the dull and miserable summer we are having and great for big kids parties.

Popcorn Bars

I have never made popcorn before and I was more than a little bit excited when I saw fluffy white clouds pinging around my saucepan. Truthfully I was that excited I had to call the entire family to watch a miracle in the pan. If you have never made popcorn before then you truly have not lived.

Popcorn Bars

This recipe is an adaptation of my toffee crispie treats. After spending days discussing films set in New York with a friend I am now eager to sit down with one of these next week watching chick flicks to my hearts content so go on let it rain see if I care.

Popcorn bars

Of course you can top them with anything you like as this is an easily adapted recipe. I like the idea of twix or malteaser topppings or give it blast with some popping candy a la Heston style.

Popcorn BarsThe cat loved them too as he sauntered into the photograph, sniffed and then bit my finger!

Popcorn Bars



250g toffees (Sainsbury’s Basics)
50g butter (room temperature)
3 tbsp of milk
1 tbsp of golden syrup
115g marshmallows
80g popped popcorn


1. Brush your a 20cm square tin (or other suitable) with baking spray or oil and wipe with a kitchen towel to make sure it is not too oily.
2. Add toffee, golden syrup, butter and milk into a saucepan and heat gently.  Stir the mixture as it heats until all the ingredients have melted.
3. Add marshmallows and stir until they have melted.
4. Add the popcorn to the pan and make sure it is well coated with the toffee mixture
5. Pour quickly into prepared tin and flatten it down well with the back of a wet wooden spoon.  Add whatever toppings you fancy by pushing them down gently into the mixture so they set into to it.
6. Leave to set (about an hour) and cut into sizes required and eat (one is not enough) they will keep for about 5 days if they get that long in an air tight container. Do not place in the fridge or the pocorn will go soft.

Up next – Pay Day Cake 6 time!!!! (see previous here)

I am entering this into the Teatime treat competition hosted by the talented Karen from Lavender and Lovage and the theme this month is cake stall cakes and I think this will fit quite nicely.

23 thoughts on “Gooey Popcorn Bars (Gluten Free)

  1. Very cute cat! These bars would go down very well with my girls. Just wondering if there is any alternative to marshmallow. As a vege I can’t eat it. Would the toffee and syrup be enough to stick it together I wonder? Great pics as always and looking forward to the next payday cake. X

    • You can get vegetarian marshmallows on line. Not sure if the toffee and syrup will be enough but worth a go! Thanks for the encouragement loved your cheesecakes !

  2. Wowsers…these looks seriously professional…not to mention delicious!! I love the coloured confetti decoration too! P.S I’ve just realised I tend to start most of my comments to you with the word wowsers…must be a good thing! 🙂

  3. Haven’t made popcorn for ages, although I have made it many many times and the wonder never ceases. I’m rather liking the idea of your bars, especially eating them relaxing with a film.

  4. Sorry I didn’t say who I am! I heard the horrible story from my friend. I’m sorry for your loss! The little treats look amazing, I’m going to have to try the recipe

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  6. I am with you when it comes to Sainsbury’s basic toffee – my hubby swears by it! The Popcorn Bars look fabulous and I can only imagine just how gooey these are!

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