Black Pepper Bacon and Maple Caramel Popcorn

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Want to impress when you have guests over for New Years?  Or 4th of July?  How about Flag Day?  Well, this will do the trick.  Salty, sweet, and peppery with every bite.  And did I mention, the corn is popped perfectly with an affordable stainless steel whirlypop popcorn popper easily order at chefs.
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Black Pepper Bacon and Maple Caramel Popcorn

This Black Pepper Bacon and Maple Caramel Popcorn is a wonderful treat to have as your guests arrive!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 246 kcal
Author Kris Longwell

Ingredients

  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 tbsp oil or bacon grease...for extra flavor
  • 8 strips pepper thick-cut bacon or just good ole plain bacon
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup salted, roasted cashews whole
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp good maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • white truffle salt optional

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Pop the corn in the oil
  3. Spread the popped corn on a large baking dish. Then sprinkle on the salt, and cayenne pepper
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Once cool enough to handle, crumble the bacon into a bowl
  6. Add the bacon and cashews over the popped popcorn
  7. In a large skillet over low-medium heat, stir together the sugar, maple syrup and 1/2 cup of water...heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  8. Increase heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until turns to a nice amber brown color (about 10 to 12 minutes).
  9. Remove mixture from heat and add the heavy cream. Mix and blend well, quickly!
  10. Pour mixture over popcorn.
  11. Bake in oven for 45 minutes...stirring every 10 minutes, or so.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool.
  13. Serve...and be just awesome.

 

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