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!
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!
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.
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.
- 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
- Set oven to lowest setting
- 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.
- 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.
- Put the sugar and corn syrup in a large microwave safe bowl and stir together.
- Microwave on high for 3 minutes, then remove and stir well. I like to use a silicone spoonula.
- Microwave another 3 minutes and then add the butter and stir again.
- Microwave for 2 more minutes, then remove, stir in the bacon and baking soda.
- 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.
- let sit until completely cooled and set, about 30 minutes.
- Use a knife to crack the brittle into pieces.
- 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.
I highly recommend this to all you bacon lovers, and don’t forget your bacon-loving friends this holiday season!
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