This has to be the best caramel popcorn ever – with chocolate and (ready?) ... bacon!
I have found the perfect way for you to celebrate National Caramel Popcorn Day – and every day, ever.
It’s called Chocolate Caramel Bacon Popcorn, and it just might be the best thing I’ve ever made. For real.
Here’s the thing: Bacon makes everything better. And most of us love caramel popcorn. And then, hello, chocolate. Combining them all into one delicious treat just makes sense.
So let’s stop talking about/drooling over it and make it already!
First, cook the bacon. Cut it into small pieces and cook in a skillet over medium heat until the bacon is brown and crisp. Then drain it on a paper towel-lined plate.
Meanwhile, pop about 10 cups of popcorn (for me, that was about two bags of popcorn) and place it in a large bowl along with Multi-Grain Cheerios Dark Chocolate Crunch cereal and dry-roasted peanuts. Add the drained bacon and toss everything lightly to combine.
Now it’s time to make the caramel! In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring it to a boil, stirring, then let it bubble and darken slightly for a few minutes.
Remove it from the heat and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. Very quickly pour the mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir it all together to combine.
Transfer the popcorn mixture to two shallow baking pans (I used 13-by-9-inch pans). Bake 1 hour at 250°F, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
Pour the popcorn mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to cool completely (Warning: You will most likely not be able to resist waiting for it to cool completely before devouring. It’s nearly impossible).
To review: Chocolate. Caramel. Bacon. Popcorn. Easy. Irresistible. OMGNOMNOMNOM.
I think that about covers it.
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