Bacon Peanut Caramel Corn

Bacon Peanut Caramel Corn
Staff Writer
Zac Young

Head pastry chef at David Burke's Kitchen in New York City, Zac Young, knows how to appeal to Burke's whimsical side. This recipe demonstrates how just a simple popcorn recipe can be elevated to the next level with bacon and caramel.

8
Servings
639
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 Cup oil
  • 1 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 3/4 Cups corn syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 Pound bacon, cooked extra-crisp and crumbled
  • 2 Cups honey-roasted peanuts

Directions

Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan and pop the popcorn. Cover the pot while cooking or risk eye injury. Cook until the popping slows to 1 pop per 3 seconds.

Pour the popcorn onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Sprinkle the salt, peanuts, and crumbled bacon over the popcorn.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the sugar, corn syrup, and a ½ cup water until light amber in color. Pour evenly over the corn. Mix with a heat-proof spatula to try and evenly coat the mixture. Place in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes until the caramel has melted. Work the mixture again with the spatula until everything is evenly coated. Let cool before serving. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
39g
56%
Sugar
20g
22%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
68g
52%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
33µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
62mg
6%
Choline, total
24mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
10g
40%
Folate, total
49µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
69mg
22%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
162mg
23%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
176mg
12%
Water
70g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Bacon Shopping Tip

Look for center cut bacon which comes from a leaner part of the belly - you'll get more meat and less fat.

Bacon Cooking Tip

Cook bacon over medium to medium-low heat to prevent it from burning, and occasionally pour off the fat. You can save it for later use as a cooking oil.