Sunday, September 4, 2016

Easy Football Food Ideas for Game Day #SundaySupper...Featuring Touchdown Popcorn Toffee Bark

I absolutely LOVE it when football season starts! That's why I was so excited when I saw this week's #SundaySupper theme was Easy Football Food Ideas for Game Day. Our hostess for this week's even is Coleen of The Redhead Baker blog. She encouraged us to share our best recipes for foods to enjoy while watching the Big Game! We're huge Houston Texans fans, so game day each week will find us in front of the TV watching the game...and noshing on yummy food! I typically focus on spicy, savory appetizers for events like this...but I recently saw a recipe for a quick graham cracker-based toffee bar recipe in Bon Appetit that caught my eye and begged me to make it. I tweaked their recipe a bit to create my own version, which I call Touchdown Popcorn Toffee Bark.

A graham cracker base is topped with popcorn and other crunchy toppings. Then, a homemade vanilla-cinnamon toffee is poured over the top. After a few minutes in the oven, the baked ingredients are topped with a generous amount of both semisweet and white chocolate chunks. After the bark cools, it's broken into pieces to serve. I personally GUARANTEE that this sweet snack will score a touchdown with your hungry friends and family on game day...and no one will be able to stop with just one piece!

Touchdown Popcorn Toffee Bark
adapted from Bon Appetit 
Ingredients (makes enough to serve 6-8 people):
  • Approximately 15 sheets of honey graham crackers
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup honey-nut oat cereal
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate pieces
For the toffee:
  • 3 sticks salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Line the baking sheet with the graham crackers, breaking them up as necessary to completely fill the pan. Top the graham crackers with the popcorn, then sprinkle evenly with the honey-nut oat cereal and pecans. Set aside while you make the toffee.
Step 2: Make the toffee. Add the butter, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon to a large non-stick saucepan over med-high heat. When the butter has melted and the contents begin to boil, stir once to combine. Lower the heat to med-low and simmer the mixture for 8-10 minutes, swirling the saucepan every couple of minutes. The toffee should be golden-brown and syrupy after 8-10 minutes. Turn off the heat and give the toffee a good stir. 
Step 3: Evenly pour the toffee over the prepared ingredients in the baking sheet, from edge to edge. Bake the bark for approximately 10-12 minutes, until the toffee is bubbly and has turned deeper in color. Remove the baking sheet from oven. Immediately evenly top with the semisweet and white chocolate pieces. 
Step 4: To accelerate the cooling process, place the rimmed baking sheet in the fridge for 1 hour. To serve, simply break the completely cooled bark into pieces and place them on a serving platter. This bark is quite rich, so don't make the pieces too large -- two-to-three bites per piece is perfect!
Y'all...this sweet treat is insanely good! As'll likely find yourself stopping to sneak "one more bite" more than once during the game. The graham cracker base, popcorn, cereal, and nuts are covered by the cinnamon-infused toffee. The addition of chocolate takes it right over the top. This bark can be made up to 3 days ahead of game day...just be sure to store the bark in an airtight container until kickoff!

Be sure to check out all of the great game day foods that this week's #SundaySupper participants are sharing. We've got everything from finger sandwiches...and beyond. It's a long football season, so these are the recipes you're going to want to have in your back pocket for game day noshing!

Main Dishes
Side Dishes

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