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Bacon Caramel Corn with Pecans

Created by Chef Angie of Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store (www.wellseasoned.ca). Salty, sweet - bacony goodness! Perfect with a cold beer, a glass of wine & your favorite movie!

Ingredients
  

  • 8 slices Johnston's Thick-Sliced Bacon cut into ¼” pieces
  • 3/4 cup un-popped popcorn about 8 cups of air popped popcorn
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces toasted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 250º F.
  • In a large sauté pan over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon pieces to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and reserve the bacon drippings.
  • While your bacon cooks, air pop the popcorn into a large bowl & set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat & add 2 Tbsp reserved bacon drippings. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Then, without stirring, allow the mixture to boil, undisturbed, for 4 minutes.
  • Remove the caramel from the heat and carefully stir in the baking soda and vanilla extract. The caramel will bubble vigorously once you add the vanilla.
  • Immediately pour the caramel evenly over the popcorn, stirring to coat the popcorn, add the bacon & pecans – stir to combine.
  • Transfer the coated popcorn onto two, parchment lined sheet pans. Bake the caramel corn for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove the caramel corn from the oven allow it to cool completely before breaking it into pieces and serving.

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