Maple Bacon Popcorn with Happy Birthday Printables

Do you have someone’s birthday coming up to celebrate?! Need a great idea???

I’m excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Maple Bacon Popcorn with Happy Birthday Printables.

I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party.

Maple Bacon Popcorn

Isn’t this a great idea?! I love the fact that so many fellow bloggers are participating in a birthday gift round up. There are so many cute and creative ideas out there for making your friends feel loved and special.

And you know me, I am all about not breaking the bank with great gift ideas. I mean c’mon, the amount things cost nowadays you pretty much have to rate your friends and only give the top 5 birthday gifts! With these ideas you can sincerely wish each and every one of your gal pals, neighbors, child’s teacher, etc. a happy birthday anytime you want without having to majorly budget for it.

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}

When I was invited to participate in this gift idea blog hop I had just recently bought a package of really cute popcorn boxes. Ironically, my hubby’s birthday had also recently passed in which I gave him an entire bagful of some of his favorite things, including food items.

Ben loves bacon, I mean what person (especially men) doesn’t?! As more of a joke, I included a bag of maple bacon popcorn from the grocery store in his bag of goodies. I thought he would get a kick out of trying it. To be honest, I didn’t even expect it to be palatable nonetheless anything close to good. For some reason maple and bacon just didn’t sound like appealing flavors for popcorn.

Ummm…it was delicious! I couldn’t stop eating his birthday present. And so my idea for Maple Bacon Popcorn birthday goodies was born.

Maple Bacon Popcorn

This popcorn is seriously addicting! The maple and bacon flavors marry so well together and the smokiness from the liquid smoke and dark brown sugar really enhances the bacon flavor. Plus the chili powder gives it a little bit of heat against the sweetness. Man, this stuff is good! Just writing about it makes me want to make another batch.

I was also surprised how easy it is to cook popcorn on the stove top. I cooked the bacon first and then popped the popcorn kernels in the bacon drippings for extra flavor. You can choose to crumble the cooked bacon pieces in with the popcorn if you are eating within a day, or leave the bacon pieces out for longer keeping. Just make BLT’s for lunch or dinner with the cooked pieces.

Maple Bacon Popcorn

Now in order to participate in this blog hop I knew I had to buckle down and create some kind of cute printable, and I am not creative to say the least. I imagine most of my other blogging friends didn’t use clipart for their printables. Confession: I did, and I’m proud of it! Who knew you could do so much with a little clipart and your basic Microsoft Word Starter?!

Yes people, I don’t even have the real version that you have to purchase…I’m that cheap! Go ahead and print these Popcorn Happy Birthday Printables off on some cardstock or sticker paper and cut them out as an adorable exchange for those overly priced store bought birthday cards. Your friends and your wallet will appreciate the extra effort as well.

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Maple Bacon Popcorn with Birthday Printables
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Skillet popped popcorn with the flavors of maple and smoky bacon. Package it up with a free printable for a fun birthday treat.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 6
  • 5 pieces maple bacon (uncooked)
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels*
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons maple extract
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon chili powder, depending on taste
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  1. Heat a large saucepan (make sure saucepan has a lid that fits for later use) over medium heat on stovetop. Add 5 pieces of maple bacon and cook for 15-18 minutes, turning after 8 minutes and each 1-2 minutes following to avoid burning. Cook until bacon is dark, but not burnt, in color. Remove bacon, leaving drippings in skillet, and allow bacon to cool on paper towels.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and move rack to lower portion of oven.** Increase skillet heat to medium high, leaving bacon drippings in the skillet, and measure ½ cup popcorn kernels. Place one kernel in hot oil and wait for it to pop. Once kernel pops, dump the remaining kernels in the skillet. Immediately cover with lid and shake skillet over heat until the majority of the kernels have popped, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Transfer popped popcorn onto large sheet cake pan and spread out evenly. Remove any unpopped kernels.
  4. In a small bowl heat butter in microwave until melted. Add brown sugar, liquid smoke, maple extract, ¼ teaspoon chili powder and salt. Stir until sugar dissolves. Taste and add more chili powder if desired (smoky flavor reduces with cooking, so don't be alarmed if it is a bit strong in flavor). Return to microwave for 20 seconds. Stir again.
  5. Drizzle mixture over popcorn and quickly toss and stir to lightly coat all kernels. Bake in oven on lower rack for 4 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn't burn. Stir popcorn and return to oven for an additional 3 minutes, watching carefully again so it doesn't burn.
  6. Allow popcorn to completely cool. Crumble cooked bacon pieces and add to popcorn. Serve immediately.***
*If you choose to use microwaveable butter flavor popcorn, follow the recipe as stated except use two bags of popped popcorn and replace butter with bacon grease and omit salt for the glaze. If you use microwavable kettle corn, use two bags popped popcorn and replace butter with bacon grease and omit salt for the glaze as well as reducing sugar to 1½ tablespoons.
**Make sure to remember to preheat the oven. If you wait to do this until after you have drizzled the popcorn, the popcorn will get soggy.
***If you want to store this popcorn until later, do not add the bacon crumbles. Keep the crumbles in the fridge and add them before serving.

Now are you ready for some extra fun inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling

3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional

4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas

5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later

6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor

7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl

8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli

10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.

11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon

12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three

13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call

14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple

15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots

16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom

17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa

18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft

19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints

20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms

22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25

23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase

24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries

25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain

26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes

27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun

28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs

29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors

30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life

31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns

32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality

33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie

34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts

35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas

36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch

37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy

38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy

39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead

40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence

42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days

43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu

44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy

45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets

46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative

47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses

48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade

49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five

50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi

51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley

52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework

53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha

54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple

55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors

56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries

57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe

58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company

59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop

60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew

62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine

63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True

64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage

65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.

66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles

67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland

68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates

69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane

70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling

71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young

72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts

73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits

74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY

75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real

76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun

77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess

78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter

79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street

80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess

82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects

83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day

84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life

85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow

86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam

87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom

88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl

89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs

90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste

91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal

92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More

93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick

94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy

95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore

96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou

97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts

98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About

99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise

100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…

101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will

102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie

103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs

104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda

105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie

106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen’s board Birthday Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

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I couldn’t help but put in these cute pictures of my kids. They literally inhaled this popcorn. I couldn’t take picture fast enough before little fingers started popping up in the camera lens. Poor Emry looks like a little homeless child with no pants on and dirt all over her face. Hey, when mama’s gotta work, the kids get slightly neglected. Haha!

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    • says

      Thanks Britni! Agreed! I love these birthday gift ideas. Perfect for friends’ birthdays. I love your cake idea. Anything is a good reason to eat more cake. =)

    • says

      Thanks! She is such a hambone. Who knows where they get it from. I love your birthday mason jar idea. Now that is something I can do. I am the world’s worst crafter. I’ll be following your tips for painting a piece of furniture this week. =)


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