There is no snack we love more than popcorn. It's easy, gluten-free and perfect for any occasion. When we received our copy of Party Popcorn: 75 Creative Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Snack, we knew we had a winner. Around the holidays, big tins of flavored popcorn are a great go-to gift, but the flavor never blows us away. When we started making it ourselves, we couldn't believe how delicious it was. The recipes run from sweet to savory to completely indulgent, so there really is something for everyone.
When we first flipped through the book, Ashton's Maple Bacon Popcorn was the first one that caught our eye. Salty-sweet popcorn? Yes please!
maple and bacon are classic, charming, and timeless. The flavors remind us of
waking up to sweet aromas, breakfasts in bed, and big, warm hugs. Creative
cooks have unleashed maple and bacon from simply being breakfast flavors, and
these days you can find the dynamic duo on fried chicken, in breads, and, now,
in your popcorn.
RECIPE: Maple Bacon
Serves 4 to 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cool time: 10 minutes
8 cups popped popcorn
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon maple extract
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cooked bacon pieces
1½ teaspoons coarse sea salt
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with
parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together
the brown sugar, butter, and maple syrup until the butter has melted and the
mixture reaches a slow bubble. Stop stirring and allow the mixture to boil for
Remove from the heat immediately and mix in the maple
extract and baking soda (the baking soda will bubble up a bit). Stir in the
Pour the maple syrup–bacon mixture over the popcorn.
Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir to coat.
Spread the popcorn evenly onto the prepared baking
sheet and sprinkle with the sea salt, adding more to taste if desired.
Bake the popcorn for 10 to 15 minutes. A 10-minute
bake will yield a chewy popcorn, while a 15-minute bake will yield a crunchy
Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring
to a bowl to serve immediately.