DEB GOULDING’S BOURBON BACON CARAMEL POPCORN
Deb, former Executive Chef at price Hill Kroger, was a guest on my cable show. She made her now famous bourbon bacon caramel popcorn. Definitely an adult snack for Halloween!
3 strips applewood smoked bacon
1 bag popcorn, plain (popped)
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Fry bacon & set aside on papered tray, to cool.
Spread popcorn on papered tray & crumble bacon over top.
In medium saucepan, add butter, brown sugar and maple syrup
then bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the bourbon, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda, and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat. Put in oven on sprayed cookie sheets for 1 hour and stir up the popcorn every 15 minutes.