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Overall Time

30 minutes

Servings

3-4

Difficulty

Easy

While eggnog, cocoa, pies and other dessert favorites may dominate your holiday gatherings, here’s a fresh idea for a sweet and savory snack: Celebration IPA caramel popcorn.

Someone might physically have to take this bowl away from you.

Celebration IPA Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients

2 cups popping corn
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups toasted nuts (e.g., pecans, almonds, peanuts)
1 cup dried fruit (e.g., cranberries, cherries)
Non-stick vegetable oil spray
1/2 cup Celebration IPA
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter

Directions

Step 1

In a large pot with a lid, add the vegetable oil and the corn. With the lid on the pot, cook over moderately high heat, shaking the pot continuously for about 8 minutes or until all of the kernels are popped. Pour the popped corn into a large bowl and set aside.


Step 2

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, combine Celebration, water, sugar, salt and light corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is dark amber, about 300°.


Step 3

Remove sauce pan from heat, add baking soda and butter and stir for about 30 seconds. Caution: This will produce considerable steam. Use a long whisk and avoid touching the top of the sauce pan.


Step 4

Working quickly and carefully, pour the caramel sauce over the popped corn. Stir to coat the popped corn evenly. Add the nuts and fruit.


Step 5

Pour the final mixture onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or foil wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable oil spray.