Bacon is even finding its way onto dessert menus in some of the top restaurants in the country! I even made a delicious Smoky Bacon & Ginger Cookie a while back that was a hit!
This version of the popular caramel corn is tasty, very addictive and so simple to make, you can whip up a batch to enjoy with your favorite movie tonight!!
All you need to make 15 cups (enough for a party even!) are the following ingredients:
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 Tbls. vegetable oil
6 oz bacon, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews (about a 2.5 oz package)
1 teas. coarse salt
1/4 teas. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Oolong Tea Bag (your local Chinese take out place usually sells these!)
Nonstick Cooking Spray
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 Tbls. light corn syrup
Preheat your oven to 300°. Pop popcorn in oil and place in a large bowl, set aside. Cook the bacon in a large, heavy skillet, over medium heat until almost crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel to drain; cool.
Add the bacon and cashews to the bowl of popcorn. Sprinkle with the salt and cayenne pepper; toss to coat.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream and tea bag to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; let steep for 15 minutes, occasionally pressing on the tea bag with the back of a spoon to release flavor. Discard tea bag.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Coat 2 wooden spoons or heat-resistant rubber spatulas with cooking spray and set aside.
Stir sugar, 1/4 cup of water, and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high; boil, without stirring, until syrup turns a deep amber color, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with a pastry brush dipped in cold water, about 13 minutes.
Remove from heat and immediately add the cream & tea mixure, BE VERY CARFUL as this mixure will bubble up quickly. Stir until blended, then immediately drizzle caramel over popcorn mixture; toss with the sprayed spoons/spatulas until evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake until caramel is shiny and coats popcorn, tossing mixture occasionally to break up large clumps.
Cool and enjoy!