Photo: Ryan Liebe; Styling: Mary Clayton CarlĀ 
Yield
Serves 6

Making brittle doesn't get much easier than this! Forget the stovetop and candy thermometer, this microwave masterpiece is ready in under an hour.

How to Make It

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a 2-quart glass bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes. Stir in almonds. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until edge of mixture is a light caramel color. Stir in bacon, butter, vanilla, and salt. Add baking soda, and stir until foamy. Quickly pour mixture onto a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper; spread to 1/4-inch thickness. Let stand 30 minutes. Break into pieces; store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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