I’d been wanting to try something like this out for a while (along with about 100 other recipes) but finally got round to it last week.
I called them zillionaire bars because although they are a variation on the classic millionaire shortbread, they’re so much better! For example: they’re bigger, they’re better, they’re richer (get it!?) and if that isn’t blingy enough for you they’re sprinkled with golden nuggets of joy!
So here’s the fun part – POPCORN!!!
I won’t bore you with the details, I mean everyone knows how to make popcorn right? And if not – follow the instructions on the packet (or if you’re feeling lazy buy a bag ready done, shhhh!)
Then toss the warm popcorn in a bowl with a cup of sunflower oil and 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup and press firmly into your tin. Don’t worry if you crush it a little, you want to create quite compact base.
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 180c until slightly coloured and stuck together.
Next make your caramel middle: in a large saucepan melt 60g butter with 75g golden syrup until combined. Then add two tins of condensed milk and heat gently, stirring constantly for around 10 minutes until thickened. Finally add a generous sprinkle of sea salt and stir in.
Pour this over your popcorn base trying to make sure it’s all covered in a nice even layer. Pop it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until golden and set.
I love that the middle layer is double cooked it takes from the usual gooey caramel of a millionaire slice, to a thicker fudgier consistency.
Leave to cool completely and then top with melted chocolate, I used a mix of dark and milk chocolate (about 75% dark 25% milk)
Then … Wait for it … Sprinkle the top with popping candy 😍 Mine coincidentally were golden in colour.
Pop into the fridge until firm (or freezer if you’re in a hurry/can’t wait to eat some) but I advise leaving it at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before slicing so that the chocolate is a little more pliable and doesn’t snap when you cut into it.
I would advise small bitesized squares because as I said they’re quite rich, but hey that just means there’s more to go round!
Or not as the case may be 😉