There are a lot of sweet flavours that are classically paired with bacon, usually with absolutely delicious results. One of the most classic examples of course is bacon and maple, which has been combined is everything from coffee to donuts and everywhere in between. Bacon and honey and bacon and brown sugar are also very common and tasty treats (especially the latter, which is usually used to make candied bacon). But one of the least praised and yet most delicious, sweet and savoury pairings is the combination of bacon and caramel.

Caramel, which is really just carefully burnt sugar combined with heavy cream, is sweet, soft, melts beautifully and is used in a whole host of desserts. It has a slightly dark, complex sweetness, much like maple syrup, and therefore matches extremely well with the smokiness and saltiness of bacon. Plus, as salted caramel becomes more recognized as one of the great flavour pairings out there, bacon’s natural saltiness becomes more appealing as well.

Here are a few delicious and creative ways to make tasty treats with bacon and caramel.

Bacon Caramels

The most basic combination of bacon and caramel, these sweet little candies have an amazing texture an a salty sweetness for those who like more sophisticated treats.

Bacon Caramel Corn

The next time you’re having a movie marathon with your friends, whip up a batch of this bacon caramel corn for an incredible snack. It satisfied both the sweet and salty cravings at the same time!

Whiskey Caramel Marshmallow Bark

This is an amazing gift idea for someone who loves sweet things and bacon but is otherwise impossible to buy for. There is a lot going on in this sweet bark, from the sweetness of the caramel, the salty crunchy bacon, and depth of flavour from the whiskey and the amazing texture of the marshmallow. Definitely a tasty way to show someone you care.

Bacon Caramel Apples

I’m amazed I don’t make these bacon caramel apples on a weekly basis, they are so simple and wonderful. The fresh crunch of the apple and the smooth caramel have been a natural pairing forever, but add some salty, crunch and delicious bacon bits and you have a match made in heaven.