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

YIELD: serves 4


  • 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


  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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  1. 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!

    1. 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!!

  2. 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!!!!

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