MAPLE BACON POPCORN
¼ cup (60 ml) unsalted butter
2 tbsp (30 ml) light corn syrup
2 tbsp (30 ml) dark maple syrup
2 tbsp (30 ml) dark rum
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
vegetable oil, for greasing
½ tsp (2 ml) finely ground, fresh coffee beans
⅓ cup (75 ml) cooked and crumbled bacon
½ tsp (2 ml) baking soda
10 cups (2.5 L) freshly popped popcorn
- In small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in corn syrup, maple syrup, rum and sugar. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 300 F (150 C) on a candy thermometer.
- Meanwhile, lightly grease a large baking sheet with vegetable oil. Also grease 2 rubber spatulas before setting aside.
- When butter mixture reaches desired temperature, immediately remove from heat and stir in ground coffee until well combined. Stir in cooked bacon and baking soda until thoroughly incorporated.
- Drizzle mixture over popcorn and toss with spatulas until caramel cools slightly and coats popcorn. Let popcorn cool completely before breaking apart any large clumps and placing in a large bowl for serving. Popcorn is best enjoyed the day it is made.