Ever wonder what an R-rated version of caramel popcorn would be? Caramel popcorn is pretty inoffensive and sweet, so how could it be that this version is definitely for people 18+?
Add in some whiskey or scotch and there you have it! Now, you’re probably thinking that I’ve gone crazy, but listen to this. Sweet, sticky, crunchy caramel popcorn, with a slight taste of your favorite single-malt… Heaven, no?
If you’re on the fence about it, here’s a little picture that might make you change your mind. If you’re still skeptical after it, please go whip up this recipe to prove me wrong!
You will need
- 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels to pop either in an air popper or in a pot on the stove
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- 1/3 cup of unsalted butter
- 2 ½ tbsp. of corn syrup
- ¼ cup of scotch or whiskey
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Pop your popcorn according to the method you’re using and then place the popcorn in a big mixing bowl.
Once that’s done, heat your brown sugar, butter and corn syrup on medium high heat on the stove in a small pot and stir constantly. When it begins to boil, let it cook for another 5 minutes. You’ll want to swirl the pot and make the bubbling syrup swirl, but don’t use a spoon!
When the 5 minutes are up, remove from the heat and add the scotch and vanilla, then put it back on the heat and cook until it becomes smooth and thick.
When that consistency is achieved, pour it over your popcorn and toss until it is completely covered. Line a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, transfer your popcorn to the sheet and place it in the oven and bake for 35 minutes at 250 degrees. After 15 minutes, pull it out and toss it, then put it back in for the remaining 15 minutes.
Let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving it!
Now, please tell me that this isn’t a revelation.