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NEWS CANADA — When you’re hungry and in a hurry, sticking to your New Year’s resolution can get tricky. Plan ahead and beat your cravings with these power crunch snack bars, made with Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop microwaveable popcorn. The popcorn is 100 per cent whole grain, high in fibre and now made without any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

On-The-Go Power Crunch Bars
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 24

Ingredients:
No-stick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup (175 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 mini bag (34 g) Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop microwaveable popcorn
3/4 cup (175 mL) firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) margarine
1 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup (175 mL) dried cranberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F. Spray 15×10-inch shallow baking pan with cooking spray. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl; set aside. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all un-popped kernels; set aside.

Combine brown sugar and margarine in large bowl using electric mixer on high speed. Add water and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture; blend well. Reduce speed to low and add cranberries. Cover hands with plastic gloves or sandwich-size plastic bags. Incorporate popped corn into cookie dough. Spread mixture in pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool before cutting into 24 bars. Store in tightly sealed container.

Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Popcorn Squares
Craving something sweet and salty? These tasty popcorn squares are the perfect treat and great for snacking on during movies or serving at your next get-together. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 18

Ingredients:
No-stick cooking spray
1 bag (82 g) Orville Redenbacher gourmet buttery microwaveable popcorn
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter or margarine
1 pkg (10 oz) large marshmallows
1/2 cup (125 mL) creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (125 mL) dry roasted peanuts, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) milk chocolate chips

Directions:
Spray 13×9-inch glass baking dish and wooden spoon with cooking spray; set aside. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all un-popped kernels. Place popped corn in large bowl.

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows. Heat 5 minutes or until marshmallows melt, stirring frequently. Add peanut butter and peanuts; stir until well combined. Pour over popcorn; mix well with greased wooden spoon. Place popcorn mixture in greased glass dish and press evenly using back of spoon. Sprinkle chocolate morsels evenly over popcorn mixture. Microwave on high 1 minute or until chocolate begins to melt. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chocolate is set.

Cut into 18 squares with serrated knife. Store in tightly sealed container up to three days.

National Popcorn Day
Snackers will have a reason to celebrate this January 19, as a beloved treat steps into the spotlight. Popcorn has been around for centuries, providing foodies with a satisfying crunch, enveloping aroma and savoury goodness. Popcorn is also a 100 per cent whole grain which is high in fibre.

Here are a few ways to celebrate this year.

Dress your popcorn: Mix things up by adding some seasonings. A pinch of chilli powder can provide some smoky heat, if you like spice. If not, try adding some cinnamon and sugar for a sweet and savoury delight.

Share your popcorn: Share a bowl of aromatic delicious popcorn with your family during a favourite movie to enjoy a warm sense of comfort and connection. For a wholesome snack, Orville Redenbacher has a new recipe of its microwaveable popcorn with no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives in most flavours so you can share a snack that your entire family will love.

Find more suggested seasonings and recipes online at https://orville.conagrafoods.ca/

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