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Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn

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Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn is an easy and delicious, sweet and salty snack that is perfect for after school, movie night, or game day. Okay who am I kidding, this popcorn recipe is perfect any time! For even more pressure cooker ideas, check out the Instant Pot Recipes page.

Instant Pot Chocolate and Bacon Popcorn overflowing a dark blue bowl onto a wooden surface.

I started out the day wanting to make Kettle Corn, but then I started craving bacon. First I made bacon popcorn, but it was missing something. Melted dark chocolate was exactly what this popcorn recipe needed to take it over the top!

Ingredients needed to make this recipe:

Bacon grease, popcorn kernels, seasoning salt, chocolate chips and bacon in small white bowls on a wooden background.
  • popcorn kernels – I used Orville Redenbacher.
  • melted bacon grease – fresh is best but any that you have on hand will work.
  • I put together my own blend of seasonings which are listed below, or you can use your own seasoning salt.
  • I used dark stevia sweetened chocolate chips, but use your favorite. Ghirardelli bittersweet is delicious as well.
  • diced bacon – mine is very small dice but larger chunks will work as well.
A close-up image of Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn in a dark blue bowl.

How to make Chocolate Bacon Popcorn in an Instant Pot

Turn on your pressure cooker and press the Sauté button and press again until the display reads More.

Instant Pot set to Sauté - More with red arrows pointing to each setting.

When the display reads HOT, add two tablespoons of bacon grease. Once the grease is hot, shimmering and starting to sizzle add the popcorn kernels and stir/toss to coat.

Popcorn kernels mixed with melted bacon grease in the liner of a pressure cooker.

Cover the pressure cooker liner with a glass lid or silicone splatter guard.

Lid with vent hole covering the popcorn kernels in the pressure cooker.

Once two-thirds of the kernels have popped, and popping slows, turn off the Instant Pot and allow the remaining kernels to pop with the lid on. When the kernels stop popping remove the lid and pour into a large bowl.

Freshly popped popcorn in a stainless steel bowl.

Pour 3 tablespoons of melted bacon grease over the popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and toss to combine.

Popcorn tossed with bacon grease and seasoning salt.

Spread popcorn out over a silicone or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn, and sprinkle with the diced bacon.

Melt chocolate drizzled over popcorn on a baking sheet, with diced bacon sprinkled on top.

Place in a cool location and allow the chocolate to set before serving.

Close up of a pan of Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn.

Warning: this popcorn is addictive!! No this is not health food, this is a fun treat to serve occasionally. Just have fun with it.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • The main reason that I added the chocolate was to have a way to get the bacon bits to stick. That is also why I chopped the bacon so small. Leaving them a bit larger will give you more bacon flavor in each bite.
  • The official Instant Pot lid has a vent hole that allows the steam to escape. If you use a different lid, which you can of course, make sure you leave a bit of space for the steam to get out. Soggy popcorn is no fun.
  • I chose to use dark chocolate because that is my favorite. Feel free to use semi-sweet, bittersweet or even milk chocolate if you prefer.

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Enjoy!!

Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn in a dark blue bowl falling out on a wooden background

Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn

Instant Pot Chocolate Bacon Popcorn is an easy and delicious, sweet and salty snack that is perfect for after school, movie night, or game day!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pressure cooker, popcorn recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • .25 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • .125 teaspoon paprika 1/8th teaspoon
  • .125 teaspoon garlic powder
  • .125 teaspoon onion powder
  • .125 teaspoon cayenne pepper start with less if you do not like spicy.
  • 6 tablespoons melted bacon grease divided
  • .5 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 4 slices cooked bacon diced

Instructions

  • Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Turn on your pressure cooker and press the Sauté button and press again until the display reads More.
  • When the display reads HOT, add two tablespoons of bacon grease. Once the grease is hot, shimmering and starting to sizzle add the popcorn kernels and stir/toss to coat.
  • Cover the pressure cooker liner with a glass lid or silicone splatter guard.
  • Once two-thirds of the kernels have popped, and popping slows, turn off the Instant Pot and allow the remaining kernels to pop with the lid on. When the kernels stop popping remove the lid and pour into a large bowl.
  • Pour 3 tablespoons of melted bacon grease over the popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and toss to combine.
  • Melt the chocolate and 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the microwave for 1 minutes. Stir until smooth. If not melted, heat in 15 second intervals until smooth.
  • Spread popcorn out over a silicone or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn, and sprinkle with the diced bacon.
  • Place in a cool location and allow the chocolate to set before serving.

Notes

  • The main reason that I added the chocolate was to have a way to get the bacon bits to stick. That is also why I chopped the bacon so small. Leaving them a bit larger will give you more bacon flavor in each bite.
  • The official Instant Pot lid has a vent hole that allows the steam to escape. If you use a different lid, which you can of course, make sure you leave a bit of space for the steam to get out. Soggy popcorn is no fun.
  • I chose to use dark chocolate because that is my favorite. Feel free to use semi-sweet, bittersweet or even milk chocolate if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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