Maple Bacon Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

  • 5 slices bacon
  • 6-8 cups air popped popcorn
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces or halves (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 250° F. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a plate, crumble or chop into chunky pieces and reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  • Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and put the popcorn in it, along with the pecans if you’re using them.
  • Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and reserved bacon drippings in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. It will foam up at first.
  • Quickly pour over the popcorn and stir to coat well, adding the reserved bacon. Tongs work really well for this! Spread onto a cookie sheet or roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Cool.

 

Makes about 7 cups.

 

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