Recipe: Butterscotch Bacon Popcorn!

Even though I’m trying to eat all clean and stuff, I still have to share this quick and fabulous recipe I tossed together for Father’s Day. I had seen caramel bacon popcorn recipes on Pinterest and wanted to try something just a little different. I had butterscotch chips sitting on my shelf just waiting for the perfect recipe to come along. So I thought I’d give them a go with bacon popcorn.

The result…sweet, salty, and totally addictive!  It’s a perfect party or gift treat. And so easy!

Ingredients:

12 cups air popped popcorn

12 ounce bag butterscotch chips

12 ounce package bacon

2 tsp. salt

optional: peanuts or any salted nut

Directions:

Cook bacon until nice and crispy. Cook anyway you like, oven, stovetop, microwave, it all works. Place on paper towels and blot to get rid of all excess grease. Chop the bacon up into small bits and set aside. Try not to eat all the bacon before popping the popcorn:)

Pop your popcorn and pick out all the unpopped kernels. Melt butterscotch chips in the microwave by heating them in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Once melted, pour over popcorn and toss until coated.

Spread popcorn out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt and bacon. Lightly toss. I didn’t add nuts, but I wish I had! So if you have nuts, add them now.

Let the popcorn sit for about an hour until the butterscotch hardens then dig in! But if you are anything like me you will have to eat a little and then take it somewhere to share, otherwise this could be a dangerous treat to have just lying around:)ImageGive this one a try, seriously, it’s delicious.

 

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Easy Homemade Ice Cream via Ziplocks

Hey there!  So yesterday we chatted about healthy vs unhealthy summer treats.  Well one of my all time favorite warm weather treat is of course ice cream.  I mean come on, if you don’t like ice cream, we can’t be friends:)

I had seen recipes on Pinterest and Facebook for making no cook ice cream that you just shake in plastic bag and really wanted to try it out.  My niece and nephew came over the other day to play so it was a perfect opportunity to give it a shot.

I just winged the recipe based off of what I saw online.

I used

  • 3 cups of whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

You just stir the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved and then start dividing into snack sized baggies.  I put about a half cup of the cream mixture into each bag.  Make sure to squeeze out the excess air before sealing.

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Next I took a sandwich sized bag and placed the snack sized bag inside.  Again, squeezing out any excess air before sealing.  Doubling the bags keeps the salt we will be using from contaminating the ice cream.

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Now you get a gallon sized bag and put some ice in the bottom with a couple tablespoons of salt.  I used regular old table salt, but you can use the corse stuff.  Place a layer of ice cream bags on top of the ice.  Repeat, layer of ice, salt, and bags until all of your ice cream is  in the big bag.

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I decided to wrap our ice cream up with a rag towel and tie it with rope to keep our hands from freezing and just in case we sprung a leak.

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Then I sent the kiddos outside and had them toss our cute little package around for about 10 minutes.

Oh, and no they are not uber sweaty, they had just been spraying each other with the hose before this:)

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Time to see if this actually worked…IT DID!!  Woohoo, soft serve ice cream made in no time!

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The kids were quite excited about this little experiment and thoroughly enjoyed this yummy treat.  I had a taste and it was quite delicious.  I mean come on, cream, vanilla, and sugar?  It was totally rich, simple, and perfect on a hot summer day.

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I froze the leftover bags and I thought they were even better that way.

Give this little recipe a try for a quick and easy treat!