Recipe: Caramel Candy with Bacon Bits and Chocolate Drizzle

By Cecelia, Kid Editor-in-Chief, age 11

My mom and I decided to try some improvising in the kitchen today. We ended up with a delicious giant caramel candy with bacon bits and a chocolate drizzle. The caramel had a slightly weird texture, and the chocolate does not set up, which will make it wet and messy. But since I am not the type of person who cares about texture, I very much enjoyed this recipe and decided to share it with you in the hopes that you will try to make it too. We know that we will probably change some things next time to make it even better. If you want to tweak the recipe a little bit to match your preferences, feel free to, but this is a record of what we did and used to make our caramel.

What you need:

  • ½ stick of butter
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • A little less than ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Three small splashes of coconut milk (we didn’t measure the coconut milk)
  • 1 tbsp. bacon bits that are already prepared for using
  • 4 regular mini dark chocolate candy bars

What you do:

  1. Put brown sugar, cane sugar, butter, maple syrup, and one splash of coconut milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring with a rubber spatula. Use a knife to cut up the butter while it’s boiling until the butter is cut up evenly. Put aluminum foil over pan and wait for three minutes. When three minutes is up, remove the saucepan from the stove and turn off the stove.
  2. You can do this step while you are waiting for the caramel. Pour the bacon bits on a plate. Heat up three of the chocolate bars in the microwave but do not fully melt it. Add a splash of coconut milk. Finish melting the chocolate in the microwave.
  3. Wait for the caramel to cool, then put the saucepan back on the stove over medium-high heat. Don’t do anything to it. Wait for two minutes. Remove it and let it cool.
  4. Add another chocolate bar and another splash of coconut milk to the chocolate drizzle and melt in microwave.
  5. Pour the caramel on a sheet of parchment paper in a big circle, kind of like a pancake. Sprinkle the bacon bits on it evenly. Drizzle on the chocolate drizzle with a spoon. If you have any excess chocolate and bacon bits, pour the chocolate into a puddle besides the caramel circle and sprinkle bacon bits on top.
  6. Put the parchment paper on a pan and put the pan in the fridge for twenty minutes or until the caramel sets up. Cut the caramel into pieces in order to eat it. It will be very messy but it will be delicious. Eat the chocolate bacon stuff with a spoon or just lick it off your fingers and wash your hands. Enjoy making this recipe and eating it!