Bacon Brittle




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Bacon Brittle!

Bacon Brittle ~ the super inventive treat that has everybody talking, and it’s made right in the microwave!  This easy homemade candy is like nothing you’ve ever tasted!

Easy Microwave Bacon Brittle makes a perfect holiday gift

I was playing around with bacon the other day and came up with a pretty neat idea…Bacon Brittle!  I really thought I’d stumbled on a huge culinary discovery but google set me straight before I could get a swelled head.  OK so a few people got there ahead of me, but this is still amazing stuff, and nice to know about right before the holidays hit.  It would make a great little gift and it takes just minutes to make — in the microwave!

Easy microwave recipe for bacon brittle, it's crisp and delicious!

Remember my Microwave Peanut Brittle?  Same idea here, only with bacon instead of peanuts.  The brittle is glossy, super thin, and shatters the minute you bite down on it.  Tastes like candied bacon, and that is GOOD, in case you’ve never had the pleasure.

Bacon for bacon brittle

I love this microwave method for making brittle because you don’t require any messy pots on the stove, or candy thermometers, the microwave does all the work, you just set it and stir.  I spread this brittle out thinner than my Peanut Brittle, which results in a shatteringly crisp texture.  It doesn’t stick to your teeth, either, it’s fantastic.

Bacon Brittle
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Bacon Brittle

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked until crisp, cooled, and chopped or crumbled, to make about 1 cup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Set oven to lowest setting
  2. Get everything ready before you begin. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silpat mat, or use nonstick foil. If you have neither of those, lightly butter the pan itself. Set the pan in the oven to warm while you make the candy.
  3. Measure out 1 cup of crumbled bacon and set aside. Measure the butter and the baking soda and set aside. Butter a spatula or spreader and set aside. You will also need a spoon for stirring, I like to use a silicone spoonula like these.
  4. Put the sugar and corn syrup in a large microwave safe bowl and stir together.
  5. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, then remove and stir well. I like to use a silicone spoonula.
  6. Microwave another 3 minutes and then add the butter and stir again.
  7. Microwave for 2 more minutes, then remove, stir in the bacon and baking soda.
  8. Immediately pour the hot mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out thinly with a spatula. The warmth of the pan will give you a little time here, so smooth it out evenly and thinly.
  9. let sit until completely cooled and set, about 30 minutes.
  10. Use a knife to crack the brittle into pieces.

notes:

  • My microwave is a standard 1000 watts.  I cooked the brittle on full power.
  • Have everything ready to go before you begin — this is important because everything goes lightning fast once you start.
  • There are 2 ways to do this, you can add the crumbled bacon with the butter, or with the soda.  When you add it with the butter the bacon gets to cook with the molten sugar for a couple of minutes.  It results in a more well-done flavor and color, which I like, but you run the risk of burning the bacon.  You can also add the bacon at the end, when all of the cooking is done, with the baking soda, for a milder version.  In this case make sure your bacon is nice and crisp.

Bacon Brittle made quick and easy in the microwave - no candy thermometor needed!

I highly recommend this to all you bacon lovers, and don’t forget your bacon-loving friends this holiday season!

Crisp delicate Bacon Brittle makes a unique and delicious gift for friends during the holidays

 

Don’t forget to pin this Bacon Brittle!

Bacon Brittle ~ the super inventive treat that has everybody talking, and it's made right in the microwave!

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Ryslngrd
    October 5, 2017 at 11:54 am

    add some cayenne or red pepper flakes for a nice finish.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      I like the way you think!

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    Ellen
    November 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Bacon & maple syrup are one of my favorite combos. I’m wondering if you can either add maple syrup to the recipe or replace the corn syrup with maple syrup?
    Any thoughts?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      That’s a really interesting question, and might be worth an experiment ;)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    November 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Oh my gosh! This looks/sounds insanely delicious – love, love, love!! Pinning for fun holiday gifting!

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    November 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Solved my gift giving problem!

  • Reply
    Dom
    November 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    ‘so the other day I was playing around with bacon’… love!!!!

  • Reply
    Karin B
    November 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Are you kidding me with this?! You are an evil evil woman. :)

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
    November 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    This is one that I don’t think that I would have ever thought of. Bacon brittle, I do like the sweet and salty combination. I think that it sounds great.

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    November 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS, I need to make this. I LOVE bacon in sweets!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    November 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    This is my kind of treat. Love the sweet and salty combination and of course, bacon makes everything better! ;)

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    Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    November 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Really? It is that easy? Put this on my list of things to do. Truthfully, I can never beat the web. But I never stop trying. Thank goodness you didn’t either!

  • Reply
    sippitysup
    November 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Yeah. I made bacon brittle too and went through the same google shock and awe process as I figured out I wasn’t the first either. Yours is gorgeous though and it’s all yours! GREG http://www.sippitysup.com/sweet-potato-skins-with-chorizo-bacon-brittle-whos-a-pig-now/

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    Vicki Bensinger
    November 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I just had an email come to me yesterday, from a company that I subscribe to and saw Bacon Brittle. MY thought was, what will they think of next? Although it did intrigue me. Now I definitely have to try it.

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    Katharine
    November 11, 2015 at 10:38 am

    This looks amazing! I have made PB cookies with bacon before, but this brings it to a whole other level! A question though…should this be stored in the fridge?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Well, I knew someone would ask that, and I’m debating the question…I think it would be fine for a couple of days at room temp, but after that I would refrigerate. I did an experiment and refrigerated some of it and it seemed fine, it didn’t get sticky or anything.

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        Katharine
        November 12, 2015 at 5:49 am

        The stickiness was my concern also. Thanks for experimenting and providing such great recipes!

        • Reply
          Sue
          November 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

          It didn’t seem to get sticky in the fridge, Katherine, so I’m hopeful. But in reality I think it should be eaten within the week, which shouldn’t be a problem ;)

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    elizabeth@pineconesandacorns blog
    November 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

    My husband would love this!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

      My husband hates bacon, I’m the smart one in my family ;)

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Bacon brittle?!! You win the interwebs. Really creative stuff. Really good stuff. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ;-)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I bet this tastes wonderful! Sweet and salty – brilliant and beautiful Sue! Sharing!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Tricia — I know it doesn’t look glamorous, but it really is addictive!

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