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!
- 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
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F
Pop the corn in the oil
Spread the popped corn on a large baking dish. Then sprinkle on the salt, and cayenne pepper
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
Once cool enough to handle, crumble the bacon into a bowl
Add the bacon and cashews over the popped popcorn
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.
Increase heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until turns to a nice amber brown color (about 10 to 12 minutes).
Remove mixture from heat and add the heavy cream. Mix and blend well, quickly!
Pour mixture over popcorn.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes...stirring every 10 minutes, or so.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Serve...and be just awesome.