Candied Bacon Caramel Corn #BaconMonth

Mom's Test Kitchen: Candied Bacon Caramel Corn

When #BaconMonth started, this was one of the first recipes I knew I wanted to make.  I sat down & made a list of possible ideas of bacon recipes & this popcorn was at the top of the list.  After making the Candied Bacon Monkey Bread, I knew something had to be candied this month or #BaconMonth just wouldn’t be complete.

Mom's Test Kitchen: Candied Bacon Caramel Corn

I love popcorn, y’all know how much I love popcorn.  I can eat it pretty much every day.  But I’m a traditionalist.  I want it drenched in melted butter & salt and I’m a happy camper.  But after making this Candied Bacon Caramel Corn, I may never go back to traditional popcorn again.

Mom's Test Kitchen: Candied Bacon Caramel Corn


CANDIED BACON CARAMEL CORN 
YIELD: serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 slices thick cut bacon
  • pepper to season
  • 1 & 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 2 bags microwave popcorn, popped & unpopped kernels removed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

COOKING DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the bacon slices in a medium bowl. Season the bacon with some pepper & then toss with 1/2 cup brown sugar to coat. Lay the bacon out on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the slices over and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn the slices over one last time and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until browned & crispy.
  3. Turn the oven down to 200 degrees.
  4. Place the popped popcorn into a large roaster ~ I used a foil throw away one so clean up was easy. Crumble the candied bacon & toss with the popcorn.
  5. In a small pot, combine the butter, corn syrup & remaining 1 cup brown sugar. Cook on high until boiling. Reduce heat to medium high & let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  6. Drizzle the caramel over the popcorn & bacon mixture, stirring to coat. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Allow it to cool. Break the pieces apart & serve.

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Comments

  1. says

    Ahhhh! this is awesome!!! I made some caramelly popcorn stuff last week but mine did not have candied bacon or any bacon and actually I have no idea why I never thought of that but I’m so glad you did!!!!

  2. Pam says

    I have a nephew that LOVES bacon. I’d love to surprise him with a batch of this, but he lives out of town. Can you give me any hints on how long this keeps? Does it need to be refrigerated? Thank you!

    • says

      Hey Pam! I did not keep mine refrigerated when I made it. As for how long it would keep, that’s had to say because it didn’t last very long in my house!! I would guess it would keep for a least a couple of days in an airtight container since the bacon is fully cooked. Hope that helps!!

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