BACON CARAMEL POPCORN
What you think about caramel popcorn will never be the same! Bacon Caramel Popcorn with peanuts and bacon. The salty-sweet popcorn is what dreams are made of!
If you would of told me that I was going to put bacon in my caramel popcorn, I would of told you that you were crazy!
It might be a crazy idea but sometimes crazy ideas are the best! The smoky flavor of the bacon marries well with the sweet of the caramel and the crunch of the nut!
This is perfect for any get together! I think it would be perfect for backyard movies, sleepovers, and it’s perfect for your own self care! You know you need it!
Bacon Caramel Popcorn
- 1 package of bacon
- 2 bags of microwave popcorn
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup peanuts (toasted, chopped)
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and set aside.
Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy, then drain off the fat and let it cool. Once cool, coarsely chop the bacon into half-inch pieces.
Place the bacon, popcorn, salt, red pepper flakes and chopped peanuts into a large bowl and toss them together.
In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup and stir them together over medium heat. Once the sugar and butter have melted, stop stirring.
Continue to cook until the sugar is dissolved, which should only take 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat, and immediately add cream (mixture will bubble up, be careful.) Then add the baking soda, and stir vigorously. The sugar mixture will foam up, so be careful during this step.
Pour the foamy sugar over the popcorn mixture in the bowl and quickly stir everything together, making sure the popcorn, nuts, and bacon are coated with caramel.
Spread the popcorn out on the prepared baking sheet. Bake it for about 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to distribute the caramel.
Once it is golden brown and crunchy, take the popcorn out of the oven and allow it to cool completely. Store bacon caramel popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
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