Beer Caramel Popcorn

2017-07-16
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  • Servings : 4-6
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 40m

This beer caramel popcorn is great to serve at an adult party but it’s especially perfect for your Game of Thrones premier viewing party. It has an unexpected beer flavour at the end which lends a great twist to a traditional caramel popcorn. If beer isn’t your thing, feel free to leave it out.

Since we are not experts on beer we went to go speak with our local beer store employee. Luckily for us she had used beer in lots of baking and so she had some great ideas. We knew we wanted something to stand up to the caramel and keep the beer flavour prominent. In the end we picked an IPA from Goose Island. It had a very strong hop flavour with a fruity citrus flavour. We found it worked really well however some people who tried it were not big beer lovers and found the beer flavour too pronounced. If your looking for something subtler as for something with less hop and with a milder flavour.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups pop corn (we made ours in the microwave with kernels that had no salt or oil)
  • 473 ml beer (tall boy). We used Goose IPA (see notes above on why we picked this and notes about how to pick a beer for this)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp salt

Method

Step 1

Pour beer into a large pot (big enough to hold all the popcorn and be able to mix).

Step 2

Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium heat until reduced by half.

Step 3

Add brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt to the beer and whisk together until smooth.

Step 4

Simmer over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until dark in colour and thick.

Step 5

Turn off the heat, add the popcorn and use a silicon spatula to toss so that all the popcorn is coated.

Step 6

Dump onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, tossing half way through.

Step 7

Take the popcorn out and allow to cool on the baking sheet

Step 8

Once it is totally cooled down break into small pieces and serve. You can store it in an airtight container.

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