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Brown Ale Carmel Corn by

Tags: popcorn



6 cups popped popcorn
1 cup mini-pretzel twists
1 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


Heat oven to 300F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. 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.

Expert Tips: 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. 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. Need a gift for a beer lover? Package a bag of this salty-sweet mix and a bottle of brown ale for a great gift! Use a bag or popped sea salt popcorn to save some time. Interested in a non-alcoholic version? Root beer or cola can easily be substituted for the beer.

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