When I was growing up in Iowa City, there were two shopping malls. My family frequented the smaller mall, mostly because it was quieter and you didn't have to pay for parking. It had everything a good mall needs: Sears, Walgreens, A&W, movie theaters and Karmelkorn. I think this is the real reason my family favored this mall. So my dad could get Karmelkorn. My dad would get a box and my sister and I would trot along begging for handfuls of the sweet, crunchy popped kernels.
Between visits to the mall, I would make my own homemade caramel corn from a children's cook book. It was so fun and easy to make, even for a kid! My dad loved that caramel corn too.
When I came across this recipe for Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn on Food.com, I knew I had to try it, if only for nostalgia sake. Although, with the bacon and bourbon, this is a decidedly more grown-up version of my childhood favorite. I will have to make this for my dad the next time I see him. If you are a fan of the salty-sweet combination, this recipe is as good as you can imagine!
First, pop up some popcorn. I used a quick paper bag microwave method found at Food.com: Easy Microwave Popcorn.
Now, if you have pugs that are obsessed with popcorn, like I do, be prepared for them to beg like this. (Shameless use of pugs for blog promotion.)
Next, boil the butter and sugar and stir in the bourbon and bacon.
Toss with the popcorn and bake.
Click on the link below for the full recipe at Food.com:
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn