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This Spicy Maple Candied Bacon takes glorious bacon and makes it even better. Use it in soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more!

 Close up of a stack of Candied Bacon to show maple syrup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper sauce on them.

Bacon is good stuff by itself. Add a little heat and some sugar and wowzers, you’ve got yourself bacon nirvana! This candied bacon is sure to impress and totally simple to make. It transforms the delicious bacon strips into this sweet and salty candy with a nice slight chew. The slight heat leaves your taste buds craving more. Really, it is just ridiculously good.

It could be served plain or incorporated into almost any dish where you’d use regular bacon. Trust me, it’ll take the whole thing up a notch. Salads, appetizerssoups, breakfast items, and more.You can also incorporate it into desserts. The possibilities really are endless!  One of the most popular uses of it on my website is with my BLT Deviled Eggs. I’m telling you, it really takes it up a notch.  This really is a must make recipe. It could very well change the way you eat bacon forever!

What does it mean to candy something? You see it all the time on cooking shows and such. It is really quite simple. It just means that you are coating something in some sort of sugar. Usually you’d be melting the sugar first which should be done low and slow as to not burn. The above recipe dissolves the sugar into the maple syrup and melts during the baking process.

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A stack of Candied Bacon on a white plate.
This Spicy Maple Candied Bacon takes glorious bacon and makes it even better. Use it in soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick spray.
  • Combine maple syrup, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  • Dip the bacon strips into the mixture, letting the excess drip off before placing them on the baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the bacon is browned and crisp.
  • Let cool on a rack for a few minutes to let them dry and stiffen up.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 190mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maple-Candied Bacon
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