Kung Pao Crunch Bars

Kung Pao Crunch Bars

Crunchy popcorn bars, with a spicy-sweet flavor, made with peanuts and chow mein noodles for crunch

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  • 1 bag (76.3 g each) Orville Redenbacher’s® Smart Pop!® Butter Microwave Popcorn
  • 2 cups La Choy® Chow Mein Noodles (2 cups = 4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 18 servings (1 square each)
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Amount per Serving
Calories 118  
  % Daily Value*
Total fat 4 g 6%
Saturated fat 1 g 4%
Cholesterol 0 MG 0%
Sodium 122 MG 5%
Carbohydrate 21 g 7%
Dietary fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 5 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A   0%
Vitamin C   0%
Calcium   1%
Iron   3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels. Place popped corn, chow mein noodles and peanuts in large bowl.
  2. Place corn syrup in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in sesame oil and red pepper; mix well. Pour over popcorn mixture. Stir with spoon sprayed with cooking spray, until popcorn mixture is coated evenly. Transfer to 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Press down popcorn mixture using back of spoon.
  3. Bake 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into 18 squares. Store in tightly sealed container up to 3 days.
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