Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Bacon Caramel Popcorn at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Summer’s a great time of year for healthy snacks. There are fresh berries and cherries on sale at the grocery store or at the farmer’s market. You can make ice pops or other frozen treats.

You can also do veggies and dip, hummus and pita chips, or apple slices and grapes.

However, there’s nothing that says “movies” like popcorn!

Family movie night caramel popcorn with bacon!

I recently attended a party where everyone brought a bacon-themed dish. One couple brought a fabulous bacon and caramel popcorn dish that featured vegan bacon that was terrific. Ihad to create my own version! 

Not only is this bacon flavored healthy snack vegan, but it’s gluten free. I’ve tweaked it to use products that fit with my food sensitivities like coconut palm sugar. However, feel free to make your own substitutions.

You can also add nuts, dried fruit pieces or even chocolate chips to the popcorn. Bacon Caramel Popcorn can be as healthy – or decadent – as you want it to be. 

Bacon Caramel Popcorn at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Bacon Caramel Popcorn


  • 3/4 cups good quality popcorn, unpopped
  • 1 3/4 cups bacon crumbles made from your favorite type of bacon (vegan, turkey or pork)
  • 1/2 cup buttery spread
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (amber, light or raw)
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon gluten free baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla extract


  1. Fry up your bacon until crispy. Let cool and crumble.
  2. Pop popcorn using an air popper.
  3. Combine the buttery spread, agave nectar, and coconut palm sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, and boil for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining caramel ingredients (salt, baking soda, bourbon, and vanilla).
  6. Pour the bacon bits over the popcorn and stir.
  7. Pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn and gently stir to combine.
  8. Spoon the popcorn onto two large baking sheets.
  9. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stopping every 15 minutes to stir.
  10. Let the popcorn sit for at least 30 minutes or until it cools to room temperature.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours
Servings: 6 cups
  • Serving size: varies

5 thoughts on “Bacon Caramel Popcorn

  1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

    Val, your recipe was super close to the one I had at the bacon party, so I’m assuming they probably used it and added the nuts on their own.

    It was totally addicting and no one realized it was vegan bacon until they told people…at the end of the night.

  2. Val

    Looks delicious! Glad you found my recipe so I could find your blog 🙂 When I made it I found that it was a love/hate recipe… my husband hates sweet and salty foods so thought it was pretty weird, but most people thought it was addicting!


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