Celebration IPA Popcorn

Published on December 12th 2021 by SNBC
3-4 servings
Prep Time
22 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes

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.


  • 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

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 saucepan, combine Celebration, water, sugar, salt and light corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is dark amber, about 300°.

Step 3

Remove saucepan 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 saucepan.

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.


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