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Chocolate Caramel Bacon Popcorn

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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Basically, everything that is good and delicious in one sweet-savory mix. MORE + LESS -

Stephanie Wise
November 12, 2014

Ingredients

4
slices uncooked bacon, chopped
10
cups popped plain popcorn
1
cup Multi Grain Cheerios® Dark Chocolate crunch cereal
1/2
cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
3/4
cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2
cups packed light brown sugar
1/4
cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon vanilla

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 250ºF. In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, cook bacon pieces until dark brown and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, peanuts and drained bacon pieces; toss lightly to combine.
  • 3
    In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, then boil another 3 minutes without stirring. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  • 4
    Immediately pour mixture over popcorn; toss lightly to combine. Spread mixture in two shallow baking pans.
  • 5
    Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Transfer popcorn to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
 

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More About This Recipe
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.

Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!

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