Despite what their name might suggest, Bacon Caramels actually have a subtle bacon taste, since the only bacon in the recipe is the fat, which acts as a butter substitute. You don't get any big pockets of bacon tucked away in the middle of the caramels, just a light smokiness, a savory undertone that's impossible to describe but difficult to ignore. Of course, if you'd prefer a stronger bacon taste, you can do what I did with half of the batch, and sprinkle the tops of the caramels with crumbled crispy bacon while they are still soft. I topped the remaining caramels with flaked sea salt, and although I liked both versions, I actually preferred the salted caramels! Sometimes less is more, and in this instance, I found that just a hint of bacon in my caramels is the right amount for me. But don't take my word for it--try it yourself and see what you think.
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