Caramelized Beer Popcorn

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Caramel, beer, popcorn, maybe some chili -> how can it go wrong?! These popcorn are delicious. We just love them. They are great for the movie night with a beer or as a small snack for your party night. You can not stop eating them. But watch out, because they are quite sweet.

This way of preparing popcorn is very different then we are used to. We usually eat them salty, so first time I tasted these was quite surprising by taste. As they are different, do not be afraid of preparing them because I guaranty you will not regret it.

It was Friday evening, when we usually join my boyfriend’s crowd for a beer. We love special beers and just a year ago we got a new beer bar, “Basement Beer Bar”. The owner is bringing a huge variety of beers every week. Beers are brought from micro breweries and each one of them is special in taste, structure and smell. Going there is a big adventure every time, because you never know which beer you are going to taste. This time, at the bar, the waiter offered us special popcorn instead of beer nuts. Great choice! This was the first time we tasted sweet popcorn. Delicious! After we came home, I entered the kitchen right away, to try and reproduce something alike those popcorn from the bar.

And it happened. Here is the result of experiments. If you don’t like spicy food leave out chili, it will be as good. I suggest to mix in a little bit of salty sticks with the popcorn, to add some variety. Experiment with the beer, as it gives different flavors. Stout was great for us.

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Makes4 portions

Time
Preparation: 15 min

Ingredients

  • tsp oil
  • 150 g popcorn
  • 30 g butter
  • 200 ml beer
  • chili powder
  • 230 g brown sugar
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • salt

1

Prepare the popcorn. If using a pot, add a pinch of oil and heat it. Add the popcorn and put on the lid. Shake the pan constantly so the popcorn do not burn. It is good idea to ventilate the lid for a second or two. When the corn stops popping remove from heat. Spread the popcorn on a baking tray. Heat the oven to 150° C. Place the tray with popcorn in the oven to keep them warm while preparing the glaze.
  • tsp oil
  • 150 g popcorn

2

To make a glaze prepare a sauce pan. Place on a medium heat. Add butter and beer to a pan and bring to a low boil. Let it reduce by 1/4. Now add sugar and boil for 10 minutes. Don’t stir with a spatula, but just turn the pot in rounds once in a while. The glaze needs to get semi thick.
  • 30 g butter
  • 200 ml beer
  • chili powder
  • 230 g sugar

3

Remove pot from the heat and slowly add cream, stirring to incorporate. Add salt.
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • salt

4

Take out the tray with popcorn from the oven. Pour the prepared glaze over. Mix till everything is well coated. Return to the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice.
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