The ultimate candied bacon

“That time of year” is in full swing and there isn’t anything more welcoming than a big plate of something delicious to welcome friends and family to your home.

Before you curl your nose up at the idea of candied bacon dipped in chocolate, I urge you to reconsider. This combination is really no different than a salted nut and fruit trail mix and the best part is that it’s so easy to prepare.

You may have seen chocolate-dipped bacon at your local food fair or bacon in chocolate-bar form at your local specialty store, but I promise you that this version surpasses all of the rest and will impress any bacon or chocolate lover.

If you like, you can keep your candied bacon au natural by omitting the chocolate, but the smooth richness of the dark chocolate goes so well against the crunchy, smoky and salty bacon. Be sure to look for regular-cut bacon because the thick-cut stuff is more difficult to crisp up without it becoming like jerky (not that there’s anything wrong with jerky).

Candied Bacon Dipped in Chocolate

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

(Makes 18 pieces.)

6 strips bacon (about 8 oz/225 g)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 oz (55 g) good-quality dark chocolate (such as Lindt), melted

Cut each slice of bacon crosswise into 3 pieces; place on lightly greased rack on top of a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle bacon with 1/3 of the brown sugar, pressing gently to adhere. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until sugar starts to bubble, about 7 minutes. With tongs, turn each piece of bacon and sprinkle with remaining sugar; bake until sugar is golden and bubbly and bacon is lightly crisp, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

Dip bacon halfway into chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off. Place onto wax paper–lined cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining pieces of bacon. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.

Tip: Dipping the candied bacon only halfway allows guests to grab a piece without getting their hands covered in chocolate.

Do you plan on making anything fun or unusual this holiday?