Popcorn Time! Bacon Caramel Corn

Don’t get invited to many parties? Bring this to one, and you’ll soon find your social calendar full. Why? It combines all the things humans crave: sugar, butter, salt, and bacon.

  • 1 bag of Kraft caramels, unwrapped
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 10 cups popcorn (Do everyone a favor and make sure it doesn’t include any unpopped kernals)
  • 4-8 slices of bacon

You might never develop a sparkling personality, quick wit, or warmth that makes everyone want to be your best friend, but you can always bring this caramel corn to parties.

Heat oven to 425. Fit a metal cooling rack inside a shallow baking pan. Place bacon on rack and cook for 15 minutes, then check. Cook for another 3 minutes at a time until bacon reaches about 80% done. (So, this will vary according to how crispy you like your bacon. I like my slightly chewy.) Remove from oven and cool. Drain fat for another use, and use kitchen shears to cut bacon into pieces about 1/2 inch long.

Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees.

Add caramels, butter, and water in a Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Melt over medium-low heat.

If in a Dutch oven, add bacon and 10 c. popcorn; if in a saucepan, mix bacon and popcorn in a large bowl, then pour caramel mixture over the mix.

Pour popcorn into greased pan. Place in oven for 15 minutes, then stir and bake for another 5-10 minutes, checking regularly.

Place on wax paper or parchment paper to cool.

Want more recipes for popcorn snacks? Check out our Movie Theater Floor Snack Mix or Sriracha Caramel Corn.

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