There are certain flavors that just go together perfectly. Most of those things mesh well because they compliment each other. Like apricot and raspberries – the sweet and tart really pair nicely. Or orange and chocolate – that citrus and milky cream blend well. I love playing with different flavor combinations! But sometimes, flavors go well together because they are similar. Such is the case for these peanut butter & bacon candies.
Both peanut butter and bacon are salty. But nutty/salty and sweet/salty make for an amazing combination that translates into a delicious candy. Coat that in chocolate, and you have a winner! Give them a try – it’s different and fun!
What you need:
- 12 strips bacon
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Cook the bacon, and let it cool before crumbling. I like to cut it while the pan is getting hot. Dice it up, into tiny pieces, then put that on the hot pan to cook. Let it drain on paper towels. Once it’s cold to touch, pull out the larger pieces. These will be the toppers to the candy. Put the rest in a Ziploc bag and pound the bacon with a rolling pin to get bacon crumbs. Set aside.
Let’s make some candy!!
Beat the butter until it’s super creamy. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and salt and mix well. Add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until well incorporated. Now add that bacon and mix!
Line a 9×9 baking pan with wax paper. Spread the candy evenly into the pan, and freeze for 20 minutes. You want this to be easy to handle, but NOT totally frozen. Keep in mind that it will defrost and get soft very quickly, so when you’re coating them with the chocolate, you’ll want to do it in small batches, so you can leave the rest in the freezer.
Melt 1/2 pound of chocolate and vanilla candy melts (candy coating). Cut the candy into small pieces (about 2 bites per piece). Place each piece one at a time on a fork and dip it down into the melted candy coating. Use a spoon to fully coat the candy in chocolate, then let the excess drip off. Place it on a cooling rack, and sprinkle bacon on top. I find that once it begins to harden, I need to transfer it off the rack and onto a tray with wax paper. If I don’t, the candy coating will stick to the cooling rack and pull the bottom off of it.
This recipe will make you about 24 pieces of candy.
Enjoy this recipe! It’s truly unique and absolutely delicious!!
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Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl. I love to drink wine while I bake. I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious. If you’re a normal person that loves to bake or cook and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.