Kay I have a well documented love of maple and bacon – a SERIOUSLY obsession I should say! so when Bacon Month rolled around I couldn’t go without creating another maple bacon sweet treat! AND thankfully, I was given some Torani Maple syrup to use! Seriously this fudge recipe couldn’t be easier to make!
To begin with I use candied bacon – you know I make a batch of this at least once a month! NOW if you prefer the salty sweet you can stick with regular bacon – seriously recipes are made to be personalized! But I have a serious sweet tooth so sweet with salty sweet vs sweet with salty is always my go too!
AND candied bacon really isn’t hard to make! I love baking bacon – although the flipping and coating DOES take more time I think it’s worth it!
And there you have it! SUPER simple and delicious! I cut mine at two hours and it was still a little soft, but when I went back 2 hours later (so 4 hours) it was perfect, so I’d wait closer to 4 hours before cutting, but it’s a creamy soft fudge that I will warn you is also very sweet (as fudge should be IMO). All tth kids but princess loved it as much as I did (yup, gone already)
Maple Bacon Fudge Recipe
- 1 lbs center cut thick cut bacon
- 1 C packed light brown sugar
- 7 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 5 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2/3 C Torani Maple Syrup
- 1 1/3 C granulated sugar
- 1/2 C evaporated milk
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 C mini marshmallows
- 8 oz white chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Place a cooling rack in side a jelly roll pan (I put a silicone mat underneath to make clean up easier)
- Then lay out your bacon flat over the top (You can put them super close but NOT overlapping).
- Place it in the oven for 10 mins, then flip the bacon and cook another 5 mins.
- While that's cooking mix the brown sugar, maple syrup and rice vinegar.
- Pull out the bacon and brush the sugar coating onto it, then cook another 5 mins.
- Every 5 mins flip the bacon and brush on more coating.
- This took me anywhere from 8-10 flips, its slow coming up to cooked, but then it goes from perfect to burnt fast.
- It will still be SOFT when it's done, so don't keep cooking until it's crunchy or it will BURN.
- Go by looks, it will shrink a bit, the red will get dark, the edges will get crunchy.
- Leave them to cool and they will harden up!
- Let cool then chop up
- Line an 8x8 pan or something similar (mine is 6x10)with parchment paper
- in a saucepan combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter, salt and Torani maple syrup
- Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved
- Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 230 degrees F (sea level - adjust accordingly)
- Remove from heat and add the chocolate and marshmallows and stir until smooth
- leaving aside 1/4 C bacon for the top add the rest to the fudge (about 3/4 C) and stir
- pour into the pan and sprinkle with the remaining bacon
- Chill until firm 2-4 hours cut and enjoy!
AND of course I have even more Bacon recipes for you today form the food bloggers doing Bacon month! How mouthwatering do these recipes look? Don’t forget you can go here to see links to ALL the recipes made this month (even the days I’m not participating in!) I already have a few on my “to make” list!
- Maple Bacon fudge – HERE
- Bacon & Egg Breakfast Burritos from Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Breakfast Bacon Fat Bombs from A Simple Pantry
- Dark Chocolate Bacon Cookies from Forking Up
- Bacon Thyme Scones with Savory Whipped Ricotta from Cooking in Stilettos
- Bacon Stuffed Waffles from Around My Family Table
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops Recipe with Pomegranate Sauce from Bread Booze Bacon
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Natalie J Vandenberghe
My favorite way to eat bacon is real crisp with maple syrup 😉 I also love BLTs
Can I replace the Torani Maple Syrup with real Maple Syrup?
I haven’t tried it, but as long as it’s pure maple I think it should work just fine – the thickness and flavor should be similar
Do you have to use Torani Maple Syrup in this or can you just use whatever maple syrup you have?
I haven’t tried it with real maple syrup (I wouldn’t use like Mrs butterworths or anything “fake”) but I think it should work!
Can I substitute real maple syrup for the torani maple syrup?
I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not! as long as it’s real!
I want to make this for a Fathers day fundraiser – all Dads love bacon anything!! 🙂 I have a fudge recipe that doesn’t require refrigeration that I want want to put your candied bacon bits in. My question is, does the candied bacon require refrigeration? How long after making it does it stay fresh if not refrigerated?
Thank you in advance 🙂
no candied bacon doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
I used apple cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar, and honey cured thick cut bacon to make the candied bacon. Took about 35 min per batch of 8 slices. The 1 lb of bacon did two batches.
nice! i use a big pan so I get all the bacon done in one batch, and yes the constant glazing makes it take longer, but I think it’s worth it.
How long will this fudge keep for? Thanks
2-3 weeks in the fridge
Would have rated 5 stars with the following with a few changes:
Added: 1/2 tsp. Maple flavoring & 1 extra Tbsp. Butter
Reduced bacon to 12 oz. regular, not thick cut.
Candied bacon with 1/2 cup brown sugar & 1/4 cup maple syrup. Not a vinegar fan, so threw out first batch of bacon candy mixture. Even after reducing rice vinegar by 2 Tbsp. Was too strong for us. Turned out perfectly. Entering in a work cook-off. Fingers crossed.