Candied Bacon & Peanut Butter M&M’s Caramel Corn

Candied Bacon & Peanut Butter M&M’s Caramel Corn

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Serves

16 people

Crunchy-sweet caramel corn – what could be better? How about buttery-sweet homemade caramel corn tossed with crispy bits of salty-sweet brown sugar-candied bacon and rich chocolatey Peanut Butter M&M’s chocolate candies? This Halloween treat has it all! Use thin-sliced bacon in this recipe for extra crispy candied bacon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups Peanut Butter M&M’s® Chocolate Candies

Preparation

  • 1 Dredge bacon slices in 3/4 cup brown sugar until completely coated on both sides; arrange on a wire baking rack sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and layer on a baking sheet.
  • 2 Bake uncovered in a preheated 350°F for 20 minutes, or until bacon is fully cooked and crisp. Immediately transfer bacon to paper towels and drain briefly; chop crisp bacon into small bits.
  • 3 Combine candied bacon bits and popcorn in a large bowl coated with butter or cooking spray; season to taste with salt.
  • 4 Combine white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 240°F.
  • 5 Remove from heat and stir in butter. Return to heat and continue cooking until mixture reaches 300°F. Remove from heat.
  • 6 Carefully add vanilla, baking soda and 1½ teaspoon salt to saucepan and quickly stir to blend. (Mixture with bubble and foam when these ingredients are added to saucepan.)
  • 7 Working quickly, pour mixture over popcorn and stir until blended with a large spoon or tongs sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 8 Add Peanut Butter M&M’S and stir until blended; cool.
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