By contributing writer Andrea Green
It is baseball, softball and t-ball season. I know many of you are either watching MLB at home, or you are heading out to watch your star player at the ball park.
We don’t watch a lot of baseball, but when we do, we love a good baseball snack. This Bacon Pecan Homemade Caramel Corn recipe is the perfect snack for enjoying while taking in the game. I think of it as the grown-up version of Cracker Jacks.
The recipe calls for 6 strips of bacon, which makes this caramel corn the perfect combination of salty with sweet. Crumble the bacon well, and you get a nice salty bite covered in sweet caramel every time.
Don’t care for baseball? It’s also a great snack for serving to Dad on Father’s Day. Set him up in his favorite recliner, turn on the game, and hand him a bowl of this caramel corn and I can guarantee you will make his day.
Once made, this recipe will last a week if put in a tightly sealed container and stored in the refrigerator.
Bacon Pecan Homemade Caramel Corn
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels
- 6 Slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- Preheat oven to 250.
- In a covered, heavy, large pot over medium high heat, heat popcorn and oil until kernels begin to pot. Using oven mitts, hold lid on pot and shake until all kernels have popped.
- Pour popcorn into a large bowl. Add bacon crumbles and chopped pecans.
- In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, orange zest, and salt until sugar melts.
- Bring ingredients to a boil. Set timer for four minutes and allow to boil without stirring.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.
- Pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn mixture and stir well.
- Oil a jelly roll pan liberally with coconut oil. Spread caramel corn mixture in pan.
- Bake in oven until dry, about one hour.
- Let cool completely. Break into clumps and store in refrigerator up to one week.
Don’t forget this recipe come Christmas and gift giving time. It is perfect to wrap up and take to the neighbors.
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