Klaus and movie popcorn (Maple-Bacon Popcorn)

Prologue:   What is going on with all the rom-com and cheesie holiday movies this year? I bet you could watch at least three new releases every day in December.   Today, though, I present a new classic.  If you haven’t seen Klaus, you must this season.


I love a good family movie night.  These film festivals usually fall during the holidays for us.   I love the feeling of settling down when all the family is together to watch a feel-good holiday movie.  One of the reasons I chose Klaus  is that I was introduced to it by my oldest nephew.  

Klaus is the December Movies & Munchies feature film.   (You can view the announcement post here.)  I fully acknowledge that Klaus is not a foodie movie, but ’tis the season so deal with it.  🎅  (Said with much holiday spirit!)

Here’s the food I spotted:

  • Cucumber slices (on eyes)
  • espresso, cappuccino
  • salad (or soup) with no croutons
  • donuts
  • caviar and sherry

This food is seen or mentioned before Jesper’s world is rocked and he’s exiled to Smeerensburg.

  • carrots (stabbing a snowman)
  • fish (Holy Mackerel) Only herring today
  • chickens and eggs
  • beer
  • reindeer treats
  • berry jam and berry pie and berry cake
  • apple
  • brunches
  • breakfast in bed (mentioned)
  • milk and cookies (for Klaus)

I almost just reposted some berry jam here as that was a symbolic start to the peace talks in Smeerensburg.

Since I started this post by picturing those warm family viewings…by the fire…with hot drinks…cuddled under family-made afghans and quilts, I needed to do a somewhat traditional movie watching food.  I had already done a popcorn post for another Movies & Munchies film so I needed to amp it up a bit.

We recently visited our favorite before dinner cocktail place and tried their appetizer of Bacon-Maple Popcorn.  I decided to try my hand at this recipe.

Bacon-Maple Movie Popcorn

Recipe from Ayesha Curry (FoodNetwork) and slightly adapted by me.

A salty-sweet-savory treat for holiday movie viewing.


  • 2 pieces thinly sliced bacon, chopped
  • canola oil
  • 1/4 c. popcorn kernels
  • 4 t. butter
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • sea salt


  1. Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels.  If needed, further crumble the bacon.  Pour the fat from the skillet into a liquid measuring cup. Add vegetable oil as needed to make 2 T. fat; if there is more than that, pour off the extra. Set the skillet aside.
  2. Pour the bacon fat into a large sauce pan (with a lid)  over medium heat. Add a few popcorn kernels; when they pop, add the remaining kernels.  Cover with a lid and  shake the pot a bit to coat the kernels in the fat. Shake frequently, until the popping has almost stopped (a pop every second or two), about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and keep covered.
  3. In the skillet used for the bacon, place the butter and maple syrup over medium-low heat, stirring to loosen any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Stir in the crumbled bacon and then pour the mixture over the popcorn; toss well to coat all of the kernels. Season with salt and toss again. Serve immediately.

Yield: 2-4

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Total time: 25 mins.

This recipe can easily be doubled.  I actually cut the original recipe by two-thirds.

I truly hope everyone is having a marvelous and merry holiday season!

You still have time to join the Merry Movies & Munchies crew.  Watch Klaus and whip up a holiday treat.

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