Red Hot Holiday Trends - Stout beer, roasted almonds and plenty of milk chocolate chunks make this caramel popcorn an irresistible snack.
cups popped popcorn
cup roasted salted almonds
cup stout beer
cup packed brown sugar
cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
cup chopped premium milk chocolate (6 oz)
Heat oven to 300°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
In large bowl, place popcorn and almonds; set aside.
In 2-quart saucepan, heat beer 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.
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 mix in bowl; toss until evenly coated. Spread popcorn mixture in pans.
Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces; stir in chocolate. Store in airtight container.
The sweet milk chocolate balances the dark and bitter flavor of the stout beer. Milk chocolate chips can be used in place of the chocolate chunks.
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 tasty mix and a bottle of stout beer for a great gift!
Interested in a non-alcoholic version? Root beer or cola can easily be substituted for the beer.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- 4 1/2g,
- 4 1/2%
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:1 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; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.