Bacon Candy aka Pig Candy

Valentine’s Day is approaching and you may be trying to decide what you are going to make for your loved one. Some people love chocolate but there are others that prefer something different than the traditional candies and chocolates. If that is your special someone then this bacon candy may be for you!

If you have never had bacon candy, you are in for a real treat. I need to admit that I have a massive love for bacon. Bacon is great on its own, but it makes so many other dishes better. Initially I thought that a sweet candied bacon would not work, but I was so wrong. My first ever bite of bacon candy caused me to actually laugh. It was a laughter of joy. Where had bacon candy been all my life?!?! There is really no other taste like it.

Bacon candy is great as a snack all on its own. It is also awesome chopped and added into other things. A few weeks ago I chopped up some bacon candy and added it to some spicy buffalo nuts that I got from Cassie at Bake Your Day. Her recipe for those are here. The bacon candy with these spicy nuts was out of this world!

So, back to Valentine’s Day, this could be the perfect “I love you” gift to the love of your life.

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Mix together the brown sugar and cayenne in a bag and then toss the bacon in the sugar mixture till coated.

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Make sure you line the sheet with foil otherwise it will take you ages to scrape the buildup on the sheet!

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Watch the oven closely as it can start to smoke. The smoke is not the bacon but usually from the drippings.

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This bacon is sweet, smoky and super delicious!!

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Bacon Candy aka Pig Candy

Bacon candy is smoky, salty, sweet and spicy. A unique flavour that is so easy to make! Brown sugar, cayenne pepper and bacon - that's all!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Bacon slices
Author Steve Cylka


  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Line a baking sheet with foil, keeping the shiny side down. Place a cooling rack on top of the foil.
  • Dump the brown sugar and cayenne pepper into a zip lock bag. Seal and shake it to mix together.
  • Put one strip of bacon at a time in the ziploc bag. Seal the bag and shake it so that the bacon is evenly coated with the spicy sugar.
  • Lay the bacon on the wire rack. Continue with the remaining bacon.
  • Bake in a 375F oven for around 20 minutes. You may want it in a little longer if you like it really crispy.
  • Cool on the wire rack.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Oh, yeah….I’ve always wanted to make a recipe like this! It sounds so fabulous….maybe when I have some company for brunch.

  2. Mmmmmmmmm!
    What can I say…’s BACON!

  3. Yum! We had maple candied bacon at a B&B in Maine last summer and it was heavenly. This version looks great too!

  4. Thanks so much for adding the buffalo mixed nuts. They were a hit here. I hope you liked them. The candied bacon sounds fabulous!

  5. This is probably the ultimate when it comes to sweet and salty-yum! Great snack for movie night.

  6. Now that’s some seriously candy. I love the the name of “Pig Candy”! I bet it tastes wonderful with that salty/sweet combo!! Well done. 🙂

  7. I love pig candy. So dangerously addictive!

  8. Yum! I love bacon and candy, so why not candied bacon?!

  9. Iiiii am not really into candied bacon. Or bacon in general. Though I’ve had a bacon chocolate truffle that wasn’t bad at all. This looks surprisingly elegant, though!

  10. Pig Candy?!?! WIll you be my Valentine?

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