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Maple Bourbon Caramel Corn

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 min
  • Servings 10
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Bacon and bourbon elevate traditional caramel corn into a grownups-only gourmet treat.

Cheri Liefeld Recipe by Cheri Liefeld
August 14, 2012

Ingredients

10
to 12 cups popped popcorn
4
to 6 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
1
cup pecan halves, toasted, chopped
1/2
cup dried apples, chopped
1
cup butter
2
cups packed brown sugar
1
cup real maple syrup
1/2
cup bourbon
1
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1/2
teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 250°F. Line 2 (15x10x1-inch) pans with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix popcorn, bacon, pecans and apples. Set aside.
  • 3 In 3-quart heavy saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar and syrup to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in bourbon, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat evenly. Spread in pans.
  • 4 Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Be careful when you pour the bourbon and other ingredients into the warm syrup mixture, as it may spatter.

For kid-friendly caramel corn, leave out the bourbon.

Package individual servings of caramel corn in cellophane bags for the tailgate party. For other celebrations, bags of caramel corn would also be a great party favor for guests, or as a gift from the kitchen.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
567.2
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33.8g
52%
Saturated Fat
14.6g
73%
Cholesterol
58.4mg
20%
Sodium
526.2mg
22%
Total Carbohydrate
59.1g
20%
Dietary Fiber
2.2g
9%
Sugars
50.3g
Protein
3.8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0.50%
0%
Calcium
7.10%
7%
Iron
4.80%
5%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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