Brown Ale Caramel Corn

Red Hot Holiday Trends - This salty-sweet mix has all the highlights of happy hour: popcorn, pretzels, cocktail peanuts and beer.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 16

8
cups popped popcorn
1
cup mini-pretzel twists
1/2
cup salted cocktail peanuts
1/2
cup brown ale beer
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
3
tablespoons butter
1/4
teaspoon salt

  • 1 Heat oven to 300°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, place popcorn, pretzels and peanuts; set aside.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, heat ale over medium heat, stirring frequently, until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 6 minutes. Pour into glass liquid measuring cup to confirm measure. Add back to saucepan. Stir in brown sugar, syrup and butter. Cook over medium heat until bubbly around edges, stirring occasionally.
  • 4 Reduce heat to medium-low; cook about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy. Remove from heat; carefully stir in salt. Pour over popcorn mixture in bowl; toss until evenly coated. Spread popcorn mixture in pans.
  • 5 Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

Expert Tips

Brown ale is a style of beer that is lightly hopped, very full-bodied, slightly sweet and dark brown in color. The color and flavor are derived from caramelized malts.

Brown rice syrup is a sweetener derived from brown rice. It has mild malty notes that enhance the beer flavor in this recipe. It is available at large supermarkets or specialty shops.

Need a gift for a beer lover? Package a bag of this salty-sweet mix and a bottle of brown ale for a great gift!

Use a bag or popped sea salt popcorn to save some time.

Interested in a non-alcoholic version? Root beer or cola can easily be substituted for the beer.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
110mg
110%;
Total Carbohydrate
13g
13%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.