1 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups raw almonds, coarsely chopped
8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon baking soda
Grease a baking sheet with softened butter generously.
Add the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to bubble, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the almonds and bring the sugar to a simmer/bubble, cooking until it is golden brown, about 3 more minutes. Stir in the bacon, vanilla bean paste and baking soda.
Quickly spread the mixture on the baking sheet until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. Let cool completely, about an hour. Break into pieces/shards and serve or package for gifts! This can be made a few days ahead of time for gifting.