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Brown Ale Caramel Corn

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Brown Ale Caramel Corn
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 1 hr 55 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 16
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Red Hot Holiday Trends - This salty-sweet mix has all the highlights of happy hour: popcorn, pretzels, cocktail peanuts and beer.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup mini-pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup salted cocktail peanuts
  • 1/2 cup brown ale beer
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • 1
    Heat oven to 300°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, place popcorn, pretzels and peanuts; set aside.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.
  • 5
    Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Brown ale is a style of beer that is lightly hopped, very full-bodied, slightly sweet and dark brown in color. The color and flavor are derived from caramelized malts.
  • tip 2
    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.
  • tip 3
    Use a bag or popped sea salt popcorn to save some time.
  • tip 4
    Interested in a non-alcoholic version? Root beer or cola can easily be substituted for the beer.

Nutrition Information

130 Calories, 7g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 13g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
Calories from Fat
60
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
110mg
5%
Potassium
55mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
6g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
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 Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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  • Red Hot Holiday Trends - This salty-sweet mix has all the highlights of happy hour: popcorn, pretzels, cocktail peanuts and beer.
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