Buttery Maple Bacon Popcorn Bites

Makes 3 dozen

Mix savory, crunchy bacon with sweet maple syrup for this tasty treat at your next event!

10 cups  popped popcorn
1/2 cup finely chopped crispy bacon
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup maple-flavored syrup
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup smokehouse maple or hickory-smoked salt

Place popcorn and bacon in large bowl.  Mix sugar, syrup, and water in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes or until very thick.
Stir in butter. Pour hot sugar mixture over popcorn, tossing quickly to evenly coat. Either wet hands with water (or lightly spray with cooking spray)
and form popcorn mixture into 1-1/2 inch balls, or place into desired serving dishes. Sprinkle with flavored salt and any additional bacon.
Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.