Sticky Maple Bacon Brittle

Sticky Maple Bacon Brittle
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
10 servings

This recipe is both easy and delicious – but if you make this rich salty-sugary treat, be prepared for the fact that you might eat it all before anyone else gets to it.

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slices thick-cut bacon
cup packed brown sugar
cup very dark maple syrup
cup water



You can use different grades of maple syrup for a more or less subtle maple flavour. In our house, we're maple fans, so we use the strong stuff.

Step 1

Cut bacon slices into 1-inch pieces and fry in a large frying pan on medium heat until brown. (Thick-cut bacon will not get entirely crisp and dark; that’s fine.)

Step 2

Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel to soak up the remaining oil. Drain all oil from the hot pan and wipe clean with another paper towel.

Step 3

Put the still-hot pan back on medium heat and add water, sugar and maple syrup. Once sugar is dissolved into the liquid, add bacon.

Step 4

Reduce on medium heat and stir until bacon is completely coated in the candy mixture.

Step 5

To test for done-ness, use a wooden spoon to make “strings” of the sugar mixture on a cold plate. Once they harden quickly when out of the pan, the candy is done.

Step 6

Transfer bacon candy onto parchment paper, spreading out into a medium-thick layer, to your preference. Cool on the countertop or in the fridge.

Step 7

Once completely cool, break into pieces.

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