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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.

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My entire family loves candied bacon recipe.

You are going to love this candied bacon recipe. It is seriously so delicious. You get perfectly caramelized bacon in each bite.

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.

Candied bacon on a plate.

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 candied 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.

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

Ingredients for Carmelized bacon

I do not like over complicated recipes and this one is definitely not complicated.  It only requires 3 ingredients to make this delicious candied bacon.

  • Bacon (of course)
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar

I know it seems simple but the combination of these ingredients is absolutely delicious.

How to make Candied Bacon

This recipe is simple to make.  I’ll walk you through all the steps on how to candy bacon.

  • First preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • While the oven is warming up, arrange the bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet. I recommend lining your baking sheet with foil to make clean up easy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The bacon needs to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and it will be more crispy as it cools.
  • The last step is to transfer the bacon from the cooling rack to a plate or serving dish to allow the bacon to cool for a few more minutes. Then is is ready to serve.

Keep reading for the full recipe and all the nutritional information for this delicious recipe below.

Tips for Making Candied Bacon

  • You will want to make sure you have a really good pan. This will help with splatters.
  • Also, I line the pan with heavy duty foil. This makes clean up a breeze. Don’t skip this step or you will really regret it.

    The sugar will harden and it will be hard to clean the pan if you do not line it. It is a must to line the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Candied bacon needs to be baked. It won’t caramelize and get the same crispy texture in a skillet.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Variations to candied bacon:

  • 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 brown sugar gives this bacon great flavor.
  • Also, if you like the sweet and spicy combination, you can also add some cayenne pepper, chili powder or black pepper to the brown sugar mixture. 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.

How to serve candy bacon:

  • 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.

How to store:

The bacon needs to go inside an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days.

Candied bacon in a mason jar.

Carmelized bacon is so good.

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.

Candied bacon in a mason jar.

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Easy Candied Bacon Recipe

4.96 from 73 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



  • 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!

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. 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 .

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

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

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my God !!! I just couldn’t stop eating this until it was almost gone.
    Need I say more ??

  8. 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!

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