I was inspired to make homemade caramel corn a while back, after I read this post on A Dork and his Pork. It was tasty and delicious, but something made me want to look for another recipe. So I went to ye old faithful recipe database. And promptly found a recipe for caramel corn with BACON.
And so I present: Bacon and Cashew Caramel Corn
First you must make up some popcorn. Follow the directions in the recipe...this is not microwave popcorn. You make this on the stove!
Next I chopped up some cashews. Chopping probably wasn't necessary, but I felt like I should.
This step is probably the most surprising out of the whole recipe. You bring some heavy whipping cream to a boil and then you put in an oolong tea bag and let it steep for 15 minutes. It brings this amazing depth of flavor to the caramel. I never would have thought to do this, but it really makes this recipe spectacular.
For the caramel, I used white sugar, white, and some good old corn syrup. It made really cool bubbles while it was cooking.
Mix up the bacon, cashews, and some seasoning. Then dump the caramel on top. No picture of the dumping since it was really hot.