As promised, I combined whiskey and popcorn. You’re welcome.
Ever since I learned how easy it is to make your own microwave popcorn, I’ve been on a huge popcorn kick. It only seemed natural to make caramel corn as Christmas gifts to give out to family and friends. I made a S’mores version for the kids, and decided on this whiskey version for the adults. Because who doesn’t love whiskey?
I originally saw this Bourbon Caramel Popcorn by Use Real Butter and knew I wanted to do something similar. I opted for whiskey simply because that’s what I have on hand, but I’m sure most dark liquors would work as well. I also wanted this to be the chewy kind of caramel corn as opposed to crunchy. You know, like the kind you can form into popcorn balls? That way I had some variety of popcorn as I was
sneaking bites taste testing the goodie bags. Just making sure it’s not poisoned! (as my mom would say).
This Whiskey Caramel Corn is a fun treat to bring to holiday parties or give away, it seems everyone’s ears perk up when they hear there is booze in the dessert. It’s super addicting and goes quickly; just make sure there are napkins nearby cause this stuff is sticky!
We hope you have a great Christmas spent with family and friends, and we will be back to posting next week. Merry Christmas!
Whiskey Caramel Corn (recipe adapted from Cooking Classy)
- 1 c unpopped popcorn kernels (or about 12-15c popped popcorn)
- 2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c butter
- 1/2 c corn syrup
- 1/4 c whiskey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Pop popcorn using preferred method. Separate into two large mixing bowls, taking care not to leave any unpopped kernels behind.
- Measure out baking soda and set aside. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
- Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, whiskey and vanilla in a medium sauce pan and bring to boil.
- Add sweetened condensed milk and return to boil.
- Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam up, but just keep stirring.
- Pour caramel over popcorn, and stir to coat each kernel.
- Spread popcorn out evenly over parchment paper and let cool.
- Once cooled, store in an airtight container.