This Maple Bacon Popcorn is the perfect sweet and salty snack! It’s easy to make, ridiculously addicting, and straight up delicious!

Overhead photo of a bowl of maple bacon popcorn with popcorn kernels scattered around the bowl and a bowl of maple syrup in the top corner.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I made this popcorn a few days ago. I couldn’t stop eating it.

Literally.

I would tell myself, “This is the last bite.” It didn’t work.

I just wanted more and MORE!

This bacon popcorn was just wayyyyy too good.

Bits of maple coated bacon tossed with freshly popped popcorn satisfies the tastebuds on every level.

If you’re looking for the best game day food on a budget, then this is your recipe.

I mean, this recipe has “masculine” written all over it. Hello Super Bowl food!!

It’s also the best after school snack.

A metal measuring cup full of popcorn kernels.

I love finger foods. And this blog has a handful of snack and appetizer recipes. A few of my favorites include these buffalo chicken bites, caramelized onion dip, the best guacamole, and these perfectly soft pretzels.

Basically, I consider myself an appetizer specialist. ?

It’s’ going to be difficult to top this bacon and maple syrup popcorn; it’s easy and insanely good.

Maple Bacon Popcorn

You need only a few ingredients to make this easy popcorn recipe:

  • Bacon
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Maple syrup
  • Melted butter

That’s all it takes, 4 ingredients! And a sprinkling of salt for good measure ?

A glass bowl full of popped popcorn.

How to make Maple Bacon Popcorn

Grab a skillet and cook 8 slices of thick bacon. Cooking bacon can be a huge mess! Normally, I prefer the simple route of microwave bacon. However, we need the bacon grease, so microwave bacon won’t work for this recipe. To keep splattering to a minimum, I use this lid to cover my skillet.

Once the bacon is fully cooked, transfer it to a paper towel lined plate. Dab the extra grease from the bacon and then crumble (or chop) the bacon into small bite size pieces.

RESERVE 3 tablespoons of bacon grease. We need it for popping the popcorn.

Crumbled bacon in a glass bowl with melted butter and maple syrup.

In a LARGE pot over medium heat, add the reserved bacon grease. Once the grease is warm, add the popcorn kernels and cover the pot with a lid.

As soon as you hear the popcorn kernels popping carefully lift the pot and shake it. Do this every 20 seconds for about 7 minutes.

Refrain from cooking the popcorn kernels for too long, as doing so will burn the popcorn.

Once the popcorn is fully popped, set it aside or place it in a large bowl.

In a small bowl combine the melted butter, maple syrup, and crumbled bacon. Stir it up real good.

Drizzle the butter/syrup/bacon mixture over the popcorn. Toss to coat and season with salt.

Overhead photo of a bowl of maple bacon popcorn with popcorn kernels scattered around the bowl.

Such an easy stovetop popcorn recipe!

If you bring it to your next party EVERYONE will rave about it! And I guarantee it’ll disappear in minutes!

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Overhead photo of a bowl of maple bacon popcorn with popcorn kernels scattered around the bowl and a bowl of maple syrup in the top corner.
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Maple Bacon Popcorn

This maple bacon popcorn is the perfect sweet and salty snack! 
prep time 10 mins
cook time 10 mins
total time 20 mins
servings: 8 servings
calories: 263kcal
author: Salt & Baker

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 8 thick bacon slices
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook bacon. When finished cooking, transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Crumble the bacon into small bite size pieces. Reserve 3 T. of the bacon grease. Set bacon grease aside. 
  • In a LARGE pot set over medium heat, add the bacon grease. Once the bacon grease is warm, add the popcorn kernels to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid. 
  • When you hear the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot. (Do so carefully)!! Do this every 20 seconds or so, until done cooking. About 7 minutes or until most of the kernels have successfully popped. 
  • When popcorn has finished popping transfer the popped popcorn to a large bowl. 
  • In a small bowl combine crumbled bacon, maple syrup, and melted butter. Mix to combine. Pour overtop the popped popcorn. Season the popcorn with salt to taste. 

RECIPE NOTES

*Make sure you use a LARGE pot when popping the popcorn kernels.
Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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