Cosette recently told me about something found on Pinterest: "There two kinds of people in the world. Those who like bacon and those who are wrong." Or something like that. But the sentiment, in my mind, is true. Bacon is awesome.
Another thing that is awesome is caramel popcorn. Going along with the well-known mathematical axiom that awesome plus awesome equals holy crap, we come to H & F Bread Company's Bacon Caramel Popcorn. They're based here in Atlanta and apparently are alchemical wizards.
You have plain popcorn as a base, then add caramel, then add bacon fat and also smoked bacon from Benton's. In fact, here is the ingredients list verbatim: "popped plain popcorn, Benton's smoked bacon, butter, Benton's bacon fat, brown sugar, light corn syrup, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract."
I have no idea who this Benton person is, but his bacon is damn amazing. The caramel popcorn has taken on the smokiness of the bacon to a very mild but effective degree. I say mild, but when first trying it, you might think it's fairly strong instead. But that just means you haven't eaten one of the included bacon bits. And when I say "bacon bits," you might imagine those things you sometime shake onto a salad or baked potato. That would be incorrect. So instead, when I say bacon bits in this context, substitute in your minds the phrase "tiny smoked nuggets of joy."
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