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This easy Candied Bacon Recipe is the perfect combination of salty and sweet.  My entire family love it when I make this recipe and it never lasts long in my house.

Candied bacon in a mason jar.
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You are going to love this candied bacon recipe. It is seriously so delicious. You get perfectly caramelized bacon in each bite. This salty snack makes a great appetizer recipe for any occasion.

My family goes crazy when we make it. Even the dogs go wild with the delicious smell that fills the house. You just need 3 ingredients to make this maple bacon recipe, so anyone can make it any time.

If you love bacon, also try Bacon Crackers or Bacon Jam.

What is Candied Bacon?

Candied bacon is bacon that has been caramelized and is crispy but still sweet. The bacon is covered in sugary deliciousness and put in the oven until it’s baked.

I was first introduced to this million-dollar bacon at a bridal shower that I attended.  Now, I was hesitate at first as I love bacon the original way. I didn’t understand why anyone would want to caramelize it.

Then I tried it and my mind was forever changed. It taste amazing and is perfect for an amazing snack, served with breakfast or crumbled up on your favorite salad.

This candied bacon is so good, you’ll be thinking of new reasons to serve it all the time.

Why We Love It

Whether you call it maple bacon, pig candy or candied bacon, you are going to love this recipe. It is easy, quick to make, and it will please a crowd.  I promise.

Take it to a family gathering, make it for a brunch, or make it just because. Your family is going to love it. This is great for any party or brunch. See Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes for more ideas.


Ingredients for candied bacon: brown sugar, maple syrup, bacon.

I know it seems simple but the combination of these ingredients is absolutely delicious. Check out the full recipe in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Brown Sugar – If you don’t have any maple sugar on hand, this bacon would still taste delicious cooked with just the brown sugar on it. Instead of creating the sauce, I would sprinkle the brown sugar on the bacon strips. You can also sprinkle more on them once they are flipped.  The dark brown sugar gives this bacon great flavor.
  • Other Spices – Also, if you like the sweet and spicy combination, you can also add ½ teaspoon of paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder or black pepper to the brown sugar mixture. We have even added red pepper flakes. This will add a slight kick to this sweet bacon recipe.

There are many ways to change up this recipe to make it your own.  It’s so simple to make. You can try it many ways until you find the recipe that is perfect for your family.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – First preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Step 2 – While the oven is warming up, arrange the slices of bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet or pan with aluminum foil. You can also use parchment paper.
  • Step 3 – Then you will need a small bowl. Mix the maple syrup and the brown sugar until they are combined really good.  You can adjust the thickness if needed. Just add more maple syrup or microwave the sauce for a few seconds if it is too thick.
Bacon on a lined baking sheet beside a bowl of brown sugar and syrup.
  • Step 3 – Use a pastry brush and get a thin layer of the sauce on to each bacon strip.
Bacon on a baking sheet with the brown sugar and syrup mixture going on.
  • Step 4 – Finally, bake the bacon slices in the oven for 25 to 40 minutes until the bacon is crispy. It may only take 20 minutes so keep a close eye as times vary.
  • Step 5 – The bacon needs to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and it will be more crispy as it cools.
  • Step 6 – The last step is to transfer the carmelized bacon from the cooling rack to a plate or serving dish to allow the bacon to cool for a few more minutes. I like to transfer the bacon to a serving platter when I am feeding a crowd.

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure to bake – Candied bacon needs to be baked. It won’t caramelize and get the same crispy texture in a skillet.
  • Cooking times – Cooking times can vary based on ovens. I would check the bacon periodically as it might not take the required amount of time and you don’t want it to burn. Make sure to arrange bacon in a single layer.
  • Allow Bacon to Cool – While it is so tempting to eat the bacon right away, it is important to allow ample cooling time. It is very hot and the sugar mixture can burn you if not cooled.
  • Line Baking Pan – For easier cleanup, I recommend lining your baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Candied bacon in a mason jar.

Serving Suggestions

  • It makes a great side dish with breakfast or brunch.
  • Candied bacon makes a delicious snack. Kids love this.
  • Try crumbling the bacon and sprinkling it on a salad.
Candied bacon in a mason jar.

How to Store

The bacon needs to go inside an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for a week.

More Easy Bacon Recipes

Candied bacon in a mason jar.

Easy Candied Bacon Recipe

4.97 from 86 votes
You will love this candied bacon recipe. Easy caramelized bacon recipe is a crowd pleaser. Candy bacon is the best recipe. Learn how to make candied bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 343


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place bacon on a rack on a lined cookie sheet. I line mine with foil for easy clean up.
  • In a small bowl mix the maple syrup and brown sugar.
  • Brush the mixture on top of the bacon on the rack.
  • Bake for 25-40 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
  • Let the bacon cool on the wire rack for 10 minutes than transfer to a plate to cool completely.
  • Then enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days. 
*Bake the bacon until it’s the crispiness that you prefer.  Also, thicker bacon will take longer to bake than thinner strips.  Watch is closely as it bakes and remove when it’s crispy and brown from the brown sugar and syrup mixture.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 343kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 7g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 381mg, Potassium 175mg, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 20IU, Calcium 36mg, Iron 0.3mg

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  1. Paddy says:

    My whole family loved this recipe. I added a liberal amount of ground black pepper and it was a big hit.

  2. Carrie says:

    Karen – I would store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, I would place it in the oven at 350 for 5-10 minutes until it’s warmed through. Let us know how it turns out!

  3. Karen says:

    If I make this the day before a brunch, how do you suggest to store and reheat?

  4. Ruth Meyer says:

    5 stars
    Oh my God !!! I just couldn’t stop eating this until it was almost gone.
    Need I say more ??

  5. Jeanne says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight for my elderly friend…okay, I’ll admit I ate a bit in the process. Ecstasy! You should definitely make this ASAP!

  6. Beverly says:

    5 stars
    You can’t eat just one!!!! YUMMMMMMMY.

  7. Lucie Gagnon says:

    5 stars
    If you can, try it with Maple Sugar instead of brown sugar. It kicks the Maple taste out of this Galaxy

  8. Carrie says:

    Oh, that sounds amazing! I need to try that – thanks for sharing!

  9. Cheryl says:

    I added some finely diced Jalapeños to the mix and it was really good. I like to call it Pig Candy! Sounds more fun.

  10. Randal Faulconer says:

    Melt chocolate then cover the bacon and cool…you then have candied chocolate covered bacon!!!

  11. Carrie says:

    I think it tastes great either way but warm is my favorite!

  12. Michele says:

    Can it be served cold or should it be warm?

  13. Ambar says:

    I LOVE this type of bacon in my burgers. Such a great recipe!

  14. Carrie says:

    I’m not sure – I haven’t tried it yet. If you do, please let me know if it works. Thanks!

  15. LuAnn says:

    Can you freeze this?

  16. Krysti says:

    5 stars
    I add Sriracha seasoning for a little spice with the sweetness.

  17. Shelley says:

    If I make it ahead how would I reheat it ? I’m putting on a ladies brunch this weekend and I’m trying to do almost everything g ahead of time so I can enjoy the brunch as well .

  18. Toni says:

    5 stars
    had it for the first time at The Ruby Slipper in Orange Beach. So GOOD! Going to make it myself!