Maple Bacon Popcorn Recipe

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Maple bacon popcorn may be the most decadent, delicious, and completely addictive movie night snack I've ever made.  It's so good, you might forget all about watching the movie and just focus on how amazing this popcorn recipe is, in fact.

Bowl of maple bacon popcorn on a white marble table, with the text "Maple Bacon Popcorn."

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means it's time for the Taste Creations Blog Hop.  This month, our theme is bacon!    Be sure to check out the other delectable bacon recipes from my fellow bloggers at the bottom of the post.

I love the flavor of maple syrup, but it's awfully sweet, and I like it balanced with something salty.  Maple and bacon are just made for each other.  

Large bowl of Maple Bacon Popcorn made with browned butter, maple syrup, and bacon bits.

This maple bacon popcorn is made even more amazingly delicious with the addition of browned butter.  This is a snack with an incredible range and depth of flavors.

Ingredients for Maple Bacon Popcorn recipe on a white marble surface.

Maple Bacon Popcorn Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • sea salt to taste

Bacon being sliced into small pieces on a wooden cutting board for making Maple Bacon Popcorn.

Cut the strips of bacon into small pieces.

Bacon bits being cooked in a large frying pan.

Fry the bacon up in a large frying pan.  Cook until nice and crispy, and the bacon fat has rendered.  Remove the bacon and set aside.

Popcorn being popped in bacon grease on the stovetop to make Maple Bacon Popcorn.

Use the bacon fat in that same pan to pop the popcorn kernels.  If not much bacon fat rendered, you can add another Tablespoon or two of a mild oil (like vegetable oil) to the pan to pop the popcorn.

I used a simple stovetop popcorn technique to make this popcorn--the same one I first used when making duck fat popcorn.  You can see the technique in the video and read a full explanation on the Duck Fat Popcorn blog post.

Popcorn popped in bacon grease in a large silver mixing bowl on a white marble table.

Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl.

small saucepan full of browned butter sitting on a grey potholder.

Cook the butter in a small saucepan until it turns a golden brown color.  Browned butter has an amazing, rich, complex flavor that you won't get if you just melt the butter.  It's worth the effort to do this step.

Browned butter and maple syrup being cooked in a small saucepan to make Maple Bacon Popcorn.

Add the maple syrup to the browned butter and cook, stirring all the while, for 4 minutes.

Bacon in the browned butter and maple syrup mixture to make the coating for Maple Bacon Popcorn.

Add the bacon bits to the browned butter maple syrup mixture.

Maple Bacon Popcorn being tossed to evenly coat the popcorn with the browned butter, maple syrup, and bacon mixture.

Pour the mixture over the popped popcorn, and toss well to evenly coat the popcorn.

Maple Bacon Popcorn in a white, square bowl, on a white marble surface.

Serve immediately.  This is a very rich recipe, so we ended up having leftover popcorn sitting around, and it's still very good a few hours later.  But this is a recipe to make and enjoy right away, not something to be made well ahead of time.

Printable, One Page Maple Bacon Popcorn Recipe:

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More Bacon Recipes from the Taste Creations Blog Hop:

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Our Good Life: Bacon Wrapped Fresh Peaches

An Italian in my Kitchen:  Mushroom Pancetta Pizza

Mom Home Guide:  Cheddar Biscuits with Bacon and Chives

Other Popcorn Recipes You Might Like:

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