Maple Bacon Sea Salt Popcorn Balls

December 22, 2014

Take traditional holiday popcorn balls to the next level by adding bacon, sea salt and maple syrup for a sweet and salty treat!

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How do you take a popcorn ball to the next level?  Make it taste like Sunday morning!  My husband is a big breakfast eater.  I thought about him while making these popcorn balls (don’t be pervy).
Most weekend mornings, you might find him in the kitchen whipping up breakfast. Yes!  I’m a lucky girl.  But I must admit, usually he’s making breakfast for one.  French toast, pancakes, bacon and waffles – that’s his jam.   I make a mean cup of coffee and bowl of scrambled eggs.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of breakfast unless it’s completely savory and requires minimal effort.  I do have a great love for cooking and preparing meals.  Just don’t make me do it in the morning!
You probably have everything needed to make these already in your home.  Men, women and kids – everyone is going to love you for this treat!  One bag of microwaveable popcorn made about six popcorn balls.
Maple Bacon Sea Salt Popcorn Balls


  • 1 bag of microwaveable popcorn
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • Bacon bits
  • Sea salt


  1. Prepare microwaveable popcorn according to package.
  2. Spread popcorn on a baking sheet. Leave out unpopped kernals.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add syrup and stir until pot starts to boil.
  4. Take pot off of heat and pour syrup mixture over popcorn.
  5. Use a spoon or spatula to spread mixture evenly over popcorn.
  6. Sprinkle bacon bits and a little sea salt over popcorn mixture.
  7. Allow popcorn to cool completely, then pack popcorn tightly into balls.
  8. Use plastic wrap to individually wrap and store popcorn balls.
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So do you think one of these popcorn balls counts as breakfast? No? Okay. Well, they will make for a great snack while watching holiday movies! With Christmas Eve just a couple days away, this is a treat the whole family can enjoy together.
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Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition? Perhaps making popcorn balls together will be a new one! We have a low key Christmas Eve each year, which I love considering the next day is filled with family festivities. The night before Christmas is usually spent in PJ’s, snuggling together by the Christmas tree while we exchange gifts together. I may have to make these again for a post-present treat!

What is your favorite Christmas Eve tradition?


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