A few weeks ago, we heard a rumor that it was possible to make a popcorn flavor that tasted like beer. Excited does not accurately describe our enthusiasm. We were thrilled at the prospect of united our two favorite things together in a hybrid that could succeed where the cronut had failed.
So we found a recipe (à la Betty Crocker) and got to work.
8 cups popcorn
½ cup brown ale
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon salt
What You Do:
- Heat oven to 300°F and line two baking sheets with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent the popcorn from sticking.
- In a sauce pan, heat the ale over medium heat, making sure to stir frequently. After about 6 minutes, pour the ale into glass measuring cup to see if it has been reduced to ¼ cup. Pour the ale back into the sauce pan. Stir in the brown sugar, butter, and syrup. Cook the mixture over medium heat until its bubbly around the edges.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until it’s thick and syrupy. Remove from heat.
- Slowly stir in the salt and then pour the mixture over the popcorn. Toss until evenly coated and then spread the popcorn into the two pans.
- Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. After it’s finished baking, allow the popcorn to cool completely (about 1 hour).
The result? Eh. Not as good as we were hoping. The ale was a very subtle aftertaste…and we were really aching for it to be in the forefront.
About the Author:
Katie Straw is the writer at KingOfPOP.com, maker of delicious handcrafted gourmet popcorn, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.