Bacon Peanut Caramel Corn

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Bacon Peanut Caramel Corn
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.

Ready in
30 m
8
Servings
800
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. 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
49g
75%
Sugar
70g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Cholesterol
37mg
12%
Protein
18g
36%
Carbs
80g
27%
Vitamin A
6µg
1%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.7%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
16.9%
Vitamin C
0.3mg
0.5%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
4mg
20%
Vitamin K
5µg
6%
Calcium
30mg
3%
Fiber
4g
17%
Folate (food)
45µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
43µg
11%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
80mg
20%
Monounsaturated
24g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
7mg
37%
Phosphorus
247mg
35%
Polyunsaturated
11g
N/A
Potassium
395mg
11%
Sodium
511mg
21%
Sugars, added
68g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15.3%
Trans
0.1g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
15%

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