Maple Bourbon Caramel Corn

Bacon and bourbon elevate traditional caramel corn into a grownups-only gourmet treat.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 min
  • Servings 10


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

  • 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.