Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Snacks - remember how I said I was trying to go do more yoga?  Well, even with that, I am still finding it hard to abandon my salty snack habit.  Sure, hummus and edamame are delicious but it isn't a Dorito. So, while this should enter anyone regular food routine, it's a fun way to watch a movie or, in my case, end two very long days home, inside, avoiding the 40 below zero temperatures with my two kids.

I adapted my take from {zakka life}

Gather up:

  • 4-5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 bag microwave popcorn, prepared as directed
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c corn syrup (I used light)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 200, or as low as it will go and line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.  If you're making more than one bag of popcorn, prep two pans so you're not spilling popcorn all over your oven.  Put popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.

Melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat and then mix in your sugar and corn syrup.  Whisk and bring to a boil - then leave sit and let boil for two minutes without stirring.  Seriously, don't touch it.    When your two minute timer dings, mix in your baking soda, vanilla and bacon.

Now's time to work quickly - pour your caramel mixture over your popcorn and toss gently.  Don't worry about getting an event coating at this point - you'll have a chance for that when it starts to get gooey in the oven.

Pour popcorn mix onto your baking sheet and let it go for 15 minutes.  Give it a little stir and then another 15 minutes in the oven.  After a total of 30 minute, you should be good to pull it out and let it cool before eating.  If you've still got parts that need better mixing, you can let it go awhile longer, but be careful not to burn your caramel.

BACON TIP:  I found my bacon liked to stick together as a group making for some amazing chunks of popcorn, and some a little sad and bacon-less.  Next time, I may sprinkle to bacon on after my 1st "toss on the oven" to help spread things out a little better.  Or just add more bacon.  Couldn't hurt, right?

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