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Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Want to make a great Halloween snack parents can enjoy too? Let’s face it, most treats this time of year center on kids but think about that for a minute. We spend a lot of time hauling kids from house to house so they can get a bag of free candy that they won’t even share with you, is that fair? Or worse you spend the night at home praying you don’t run out of candy, so you don’t eat any of it, again not fair! Adults need something, perfectly suited to us, for us, by us. May I introduce Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn?

So Perfect!

Can there be a more perfect snacking food than Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn? No, I don’t think so. Sweet? CHECK! Spicy? CHECK! Salty? CHECK! Crunchy? CHECK! Bacon? CHECK! The only thing missing is chocolate, which would be an easy fix, really. (dear thighs I did NOT just suggest covering Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn in chocolate, you did not just hear that)

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Want to make a great Halloween snack parents can enjoy too? Lets face it, most treats this time of year center on kids but lets think about that for a minute. And then do they share it with you? Make life Fair-Make Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn


  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup crispy cooked bacon pieces


  1. In a large pan with a lid heat the oil and the salt, add the popcorn, cover and shake until it pops
  2. remove from heat, remove lid
  3. butter a large mixing bowl and pour the popcorn into it
  4. while you're at it butter two baking sheets and two spatulas too
  5. set the popcorn aside
  6. make the caramel by combining the sugar, butter and water in a large pan, you will need a pan big enough to contain the foaming of the caramel after you add the baking soda, choose accordingly
  7. place the pan over med/high heat and cook without stirring for 10 minutes until light golden brown
  8. meanwhile combine the baking soda and the chile powder and set aside
  9. attempt NOT to eat all the bacon pieces just waiting to be dipped in caramel
  10. when the caramel is golden brown remove from the heat and add the baking soda/chili powder mixture, it will foam and bubble but just stir away
  11. then pour it over the bowl of popcorn and sprinkle on the crispy bacon pieces
  12. use the buttered spatulas to toss the popcorn to coat it
  13. taste it before the caramel gets hard to see if it needs more salt, it will be molten lava hot so blow on a small piece to cool it
  14. add salt as needed, stirring to mix in
  15. pour into the buttered pans, breaking up as needed
  16. cool completely and then use within 24 hours
  17. store in the fridge

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Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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