Maple Bacon Popcorn

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This maple bacon popcorn is super easy to make for a quick weekend snack or to bring to party. It also makes a fantastic gift if you package it up nice and add a bow -- think Christmas, hostess gift, etc.

Ingredients: 1 cup yellow popcorn kernels 6 strips organic, nitrate-free bacon 2 TBSP coconut oil (melted) 3 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions: Place the bacon in a large pan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare a plate with paper towels to place the bacon on when it's finished cooking. Flip the bacon after about 3 minutes. Continue cooking the bacon, flipping every 3-5 minutes until slightly crispy. Transfer the bacon to the paper towel-lined plate, and dab the bacon dry.

Transfer the bacon grease from the pan and into a large soup pot, and heat the oil on high until hot (it shouldn't take too long since it was just cooking with the bacon).

Once the grease is hot, place three popcorn kernels in the pot and cover with a lid. Wait until all three kernels pop, then remove the lid and add the rest of the kernels in a single layer on the bottom of the pot, cover with a lid, and turn heat down to low.

The popcorn should begin to pop. Shake the pot occasionally to encourage movement in the pot, and to ensure all kernels pop. Once the popping slows down (meaning, more than a second or two between pops), remove from the pot from the heat.

Transfer the popcorn into a large mixing bowl or another big pot for tossing.

Meanwhile, using a food processor, grind the bacon up into small bits (they should look like Bacon Bits, or the size of very large whole sea salt granules).

In a small bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil and maple syrup.

Toss the popcorn with the melted coconut oil/maple syrup mixture, along with the sea salt and bacon until it's all coated. Add more salt or maple syrup to taste.

Makes about 16 cups of popcorn.