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.
Why I love this recipe
This is my recipe most likely to make people say, “Oh my goodness, that’s AMAZING!”
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Reduce on medium heat and stir until bacon is completely coated in the candy mixture.
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.
Transfer bacon candy onto parchment paper, spreading out into a medium-thick layer, to your preference. Cool on the countertop or in the fridge.
Once completely cool, break into pieces.