I was gearing up for New Year’s Eve when I made this Spicy Bacon Popcorn Crack- so delicious, you can’t stop eating it! This could be your first dish in a selection of tasty snacks and appetizers for New Year’s Eve. Or, with over eleven flavors available, Cashmere Popcorn could supply an entire popcorn bar to wow your guests!
Spicy Bacon Popcorn Crack is as addictive as it sounds!
This snack mix takes home the gold for “most addictive”, and I promise it’s the bacon! Bacon and cheese crackers bring a salty element, while the spicy Cashmere popcorn brings a touch of heat. Then you top all of that with a gooey, sticky, sweet syrup and stir it all together, and you have the makings of a treacherous treat!
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I love the way the bacon adds a burst of salty, rich flavor. And because it’s so rich, you don’t need a lot of it. (But I admit I did catch myself reaching in a picking out just the bacon pieces. They were SOOooo good!) To make the bacon, I highly recommend using the oven method (see below). It’s easy, sets you free from needing to stand at the stove splattering grease everywhere, and requires ZERO cleanup! Bacon is DONE.
Bacon Popcorn “Crack” Mix makes a Flavorful Gift!
This snack mix would be a real treat to serve to guests at a New Year’s Eve party. You can also bag it up or fill cute holiday tins for a festive gift for teachers, coworkers, or neighbors. If you’re looking for more bacon treats, I love sharing my Bacon Peanut Butter Cookies with friends, too! They’re always surprised to see that delicious bacon sprinkled on top.
Printable Recipe for Spicy Bacon Popcorn Crack:
Spicy Bacon Popcorn Crack
- 1-2 lbs. bacon, cooked until crispy, crumbled into small pieces
- 8 cups crispy rice/crunchy corn cereal, such as Crispix
- 3 cups cheese crackers, such as Cheezits
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2-3 cups cinnamon popcorn, such as Cinnamon Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn, a delicious Kansas-made product
- 2-3 cups caramel corn, such as Caramel Crunch Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn, a delicious Kansas-made product
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with heavy-duty foil; spray well with nonstick baking spray.
- Place cereal and cheese crackers into a very large, heat safe mixing bowl. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar; set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, bring brown sugar, butter, red pepper flakes, and corn syrup to a boil; simmer for one minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and whisk in baking soda.
- Pour prepared brown sugar mixture over cereal in mixing bowl and toss until well coated; spread cereal out over prepared foil-lined baking sheet, then sprinkle cereal evenly with cooked bacon pieces, pressing them into the warm cereal slightly with a mixing spoon or spatula; sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top of cereal and bacon.
- Bake 5 minutes, then remove from oven and slide sheet of foil with cereal mixture off the baking sheet onto a couple of hot pads on your counter; spread mixture apart over foil and let cool completely.
- When cool, gently break cereal/bacon mixture apart into pieces and toss with popcorn; store your Crack in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Enjoy!
How to Cook Bacon in Your Oven (so it comes out flat, crispy, and beautiful!)
1. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with Chic-Wrap heavy-duty aluminum foil.
2. Place bacon strips side-by-side in a single layer across foil.
3. Place pan of bacon onto center rack of a COLD oven; turn oven on and set the temperature to 400 degrees F.
4. Cook bacon for 15-20 minutes, depending on how crispy and browned you’d like it to be.
5. Use tongs to remove cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then serve as usual.
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