India Pale Ale Caramel Corn

India Pale Ale Caramel Corn

Red Hot Holiday Trends - Sweet caramel popcorn gets spiked and spiced with a pour of IPA beer and a hint of garam masala.

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cups popped popcorn
cup cashews
cup India pale ale beer
cup packed brown sugar
cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
tablespoons butter
teaspoon garam masala
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 and cashews; set aside.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, heat ale over medium heat, 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 garam masala and 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.
Makes 14 servings (1/2 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
India pale ale is a style of beer that is pale to deep amber in color and slightly more hoppy and bitter than other pale ale.
Garam masala is an Indian spice mixture. While its recipe is variable, garam masala usually consists of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and may also include coriander, cumin, nutmeg, mace or pepper.
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 spiced mix and a bottle of IPA for a great gift!
Interested in a non-alcoholic version? Root beer or cola can easily be substituted for the beer.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 150
    • (Calories from Fat 80),
  • Total Fat 9g
    • (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 5mg;
  • Sodium 70mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 7g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 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.