Last updated on April 8th, 2019
Does your loved one have a thing for bacon? Even if they wouldn’t classify their relationship with bacon as a thing, you should turn it into a thing by making them a batch of homemade maple bacon fat caramels for Valentine’s Day. And maybe a whole slew of these other DIY bacon gifts I made last year. Bring on the bacon!
Way back in junior high when a friend and I were chilaxin’ at the mall one day (as you do), I bought a hippo keychain from the candy store and thew it on my backpack – along with the other 20+ keychains dangling from the same hook (obviously). After that purchase, it somehow it became a thing that I collected hippos, and for every gift giving occasion, my friends and family would default to hippo paraphernalia.
Hippo candy, hippo tooth-brush holder, hippo puzzle, and an enormous homemade hippo-shaped cat bed. Don’t get me wrong – I loved it; Hippos are ferocious and badass. When y’all were practicing spelling Mississippi at hyper speed, I mastered Hippopotamus forward and backward (too much free time?). I still have over 300 hippos in a storage box in my childhood closet. (Just you wait – they’re totally going to be worth something on ebay one day. Right there along with my troll collection.).
In just the same hippo way, bacon gifts for my BFF Tyler are becoming a thing. Last year, I made him bacon salt, bacon candy, and bacon jam. This year, I secured my permanent spot in his Myspace Top 8 with freshly baked bacon fat ginger molasses cookies, bacon fat toffee, and a batch of chewy bacon fat caramels. Don’t ask me where I got all that bacon fat.
I tweaked the recipe last week and made homemade chewy maple bacon fat caramel Valentines for my friends. Also don’t ask me what I did with the pound of bacon I fried up to get enough bacon fat to experiment with these maple bacon fat caramels (#youknowmyhipsdontlie).
Since (super scientific and reliable) studies show 43% of men would choose bacon over sex and 23% rank bacon as their favorite smell, these bacon-infused caramels are sure to win your Valentine over.
Bacon fat adds just a hint of savory that melds with the dark sweetness of the maple syrup in these creamy caramel chews. A special occasion sweet that leaves you feeling a just a tad sinful. Just how a Valentine’s Day dessert should.
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*If you don't have a candy thermometer, cook the sugar based on the color. A minute or two after you add the bacon fat and cream, test the caramels by dropping a bit in a glass of ice water to see if it sets into a chewy caramel.