Kung Pao Crunch Bars


Prep Time 10 MINS

Cook Time 40 MINS

Serves 18 (1 each)


  1. 1 bag (80 g each) Orville Redenbacher's® Smart Pop!® Buttery Flavour Microwave Popcorn
  2. 2 cups Chow Mein Noodles (2 cups = 4 oz)
  3. 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  4. 1 cup dark corn syrup
  5. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  7. PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

This unique treat was a Redenbacher family favourite—it combines peanuts and chow mein noodles for crunchy popcorn bars with a spicy-sweet flavor.


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Prepare popcorn according to package directions.
  3. Remove all unpopped kernels.
  4. Place popped corn, chow mein noodles and peanuts in large bowl.
  5. Place corn syrup in small saucepan.
  6. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. Continue to cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  8. Stir in sesame oil and red pepper; mix well.
  9. Pour over popcorn mixture.
  10. Stir with spoon sprayed with cooking spray, until popcorn mixture is coated evenly.
  11. Transfer to 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  12. Press down popcorn mixture using back of spoon.
  13. Bake 20 minutes.
  14. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into 18 squares.
  15. Store in tightly sealed container up to 3 days.

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