I took this to some get-togethers over the holidays and folks fell in love with it. Although I am vegetarian, the rest of my fam is not so I do cook for them as well. Even though this is a candy recipe it does have pork in it.
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces water
1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
7 slices bacon (1/2 cup cooked, chopped)
1 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons unsalted butter plus 1 teaspoon
1. Cook the bacon until crisp, drain, cool, and chop into small pieces and set aside.
2. Get all other ingredients ready and measured out in advance, because once the process starts, it moves fast!
3. Butter (or use cooking spray) a silicon spatula and a baking sheet and set aside.
4. In a heavy-bottomed 1-quart pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water and cook over medium heat until the sugar melts and the liquid begins to simmer. Use a candy thermometer and cook until the mixture gets to around 285 degrees. Stir in the peanuts and bacon using a spatula.
5. Continue cooking until the thermometer reaches between 300 and 310 degrees. Turn off and remove the heat. The sugar will just be starting to color here. Working quickly, stir in the butter and baking soda. It will bubble and foam as you mix it in; be careful!
6. Immediately pour the mixture on to the prepared pan and spread it out as this as possible with the spatula. It will harden as it cools, so work fast.
7. Once completely cook, break it into pieces and store in an airtight container.
A little note – it is really important to use the candy thermometer unless you have tons of experience working with hard sugar candies. These type of candies can burn in a flat instant!!! And it’s majorly aggravating!!! lol