Maybe I’m not an ace around the kitchen but I learned something with this Beer Caramel Corn recipe. I didn’t know you can pop corn into popcorn with just the kernels and a paper bag. I get where popcorn comes from but clearly I’ve spent too many years making my popcorn in those fold out bags that are slathered in butter and puff up as they spin around inside the microwave. Judge me, I’m judging myself.
Anyways this recipe was inspired by The Beeroness’ Salted Beer Caramel Corn recipe. I stuck to the recipe just as she wrote it, although I think I would like to try this with a lighter beer and see what it does. The recipe calls for an Imperial Stout, a great beer but it’s got a lot of flavor power behind it.
For this recipe you will need the following:
1/3 cup corn kernels
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
½ cup imperial stout plus 2 tablespoons (set that off to the side)
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon course sea salt
Set your oven to 250 F
Take the corn kernels and place them in a paper bag. Fold the bag over and place it in the microwave. This is where things got tricky for me. I burned a lot of popcorn during this step. The recipe says to pop for 4 minutes or until you hear it slow down. Maybe my microwave is industrial strength, or my interpretation of slowing down is in need of revamping! All I am saying is this may be a trial and error. You will need to come up with 7 cups of popped corn, preferably not burned.
Next take a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray and spread out the popcorn out, evenly across the sheet.
In a sauce pan take the brown sugar, light corn syrup and butter, mix them up and make sure all the sugar gets dissolved in. Bring to a boil and boil, un-stirred for 7 minutes. Once the time is up stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of the beer.
Now you will be pouring the sugar mixture over the popcorn. The best way to handle this is using a spatula, coated with cooking sprayed on the paddle of the spatula. Scoop out the sugar mixture onto the popcorn and carefully stir it, making sure everything is coated evenly.
Place the popcorn in the oven for 20 minutes, taking it out for a quick stir and then back in for an additional 20 minutes. After the baking time is up, pull the popcorn out and sprinkle the sea salt over the top and allow to cool.
Lastly grab a handful and fill your mouth with the caramel corn beer goodness!