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.