Halloween Holiday Planning: Bacon Candy!
That nip is in the air these days, especially in the evenings, the leaves and changing colours and falling to the grounds, and kids are settling into their classes as the initial excitement of back to school season settles into a comfortably routine. Fall is here to stay, that is for sure.
As the nights keep getting longer and the days chillier, it’s time to start thinking about one of the great the season: Halloween, of course!
While October 31st is still a few weeks away, those who love the holiday already have their minds spinning about how to plan for it. All along the street in my neighbourhood, the silhouettes of black cats are appearing in windows and fake spiderwebs are covering the doors. I’ve even seen a few pumpkins decorating the stoop (though no carved jack-o-lanterns yet!).
I’ve already begun busily working on my costume (which is going to be amazing this year) as I am sure many of you have as well. Little decorative gourds adorn a bowl on my kitchen table and I’ve hung bats in all of the windows and doorways. I love Halloween for the costumes and the good cheer, but just like I did when I was a little kid, the best part of Halloween in my opinion in the candy.
So, in preparation for this joyous holiday, we thought we would give our fellow bacon lovers the scoop on where to get the best bacon candies to give away on Halloween (and eat yourself) ensuring you’ll be the most popular house on the block!
Best Bacon Candies
This site not only has links to buy some great bacon candies, but has also ranked them in order of deliciousness. We think that the bacon jelly beans are sure to be a hit, though you might want to grab a very special bacon chocolate bar to give to someone really special.
While cautious parents might not appreciate you giving out home made treats like candied bacon to their kiddies, there’s no reason at all you can’t make some for your own halloween party!
How to Make Bacon Candy for Halloween
With Halloween coming up, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking of what sorts of treats you are going to serve the neighbourhood kids. Kids can be picky eaters, so it is probably a good idea to pick something you know everyone loves: bacon. But to make it more Halloween-y, why not make some candied bacon?
Making candied bacon is a lot like making it with brown sugar – but with a key difference. With brown sugar it gives it a light, sweet flavouring. The candying process we are describing here will make the sweet flavour more intense and candy-like. Here’s how you do it.
1. Cook the bacon the way you normally would. You can fry it in a pan or bake it. Choose the method that is most convenient for you. When the bacon shrinks but has not yet become crispy hard, take it out of the pan or the oven. Let it cool off on some paper towels to remove any excess grease.
2. Measure out the sugar. The amount of sugar you’ll want to use will depend on how much bacon you want to make. About a quarter to a third of a cup will work. To really make it sweet, use white sugar instead of brown. You’ll also want to cook the sugar in a frying pan or sauce pan – you won’t get the same effect by baking.
3. Cut up the bacon you’ve prepared into small pieces and layer it on the bottom of the frying pan. Sprinkle the sugar on top until you have a fine layer over all of the bacon. Cook the bacon and sugar on medium-low until the sugar melts. You’ll want to keep the heat as low as possible, and to keep an eye on it, to ensure that it doesn’t burn.
4. When the sugar has melted and become liquid, stir the bacon around so that it is covered on all sides. Cook it until the bacon looks shiny. Then take out the bacon and put it on wire rack to cool off. Don’t let the pieces of bacon touch each other unless you want them to stick together.
When the bacon is cool, you’ll have a delicious treat ready! You can keep the candied bacon in the fridge – it will taste good cold or at room temperature. And I’m sure the kids in your street will love it.
If you want a variation on this recipe, add honey or Dijon mustard to the sugar when you are cooking it. And if you have an ice cream maker, throw the candied bacon bits into vanilla ice cream. It’ll taste delicious. In fact, candied bacon can be added to many different recipes. Why not experiment with your own?