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Gourmet Popcorn Mix

October 15, 2017

Gourmet Popcorn Mix

This recipe is worth the extra few minutes it takes to reduce the ale (do not skip this step or you’ll have mushy popcorn). The end result depends on how dark your ale is. I recommend investing in the mixed nuts to make this mix outstanding.


8 c. popped popcorn

1 c. mini-pretzels

½ c. salted cocktail peanuts

½ c. brown ale beer

¼ c. light brown sugar, firmly packed

¼ c. corn syrup

3 Tbsp. butter

¼ tsp. kosher salt


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Lightly spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, place popcorn, pretzels and peanuts; set aside. In 2-quart saucepan, heat ale 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 mixture 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. Store in airtight container up to one week.




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