This weekend marks one of my favorite days of the year, Oscar night. I am a self proclaimed Oscar nerd and I am not ashamed about it one bit. Every winter, Matt and I try our best to seek out each Best Picture nominated film and critique them with Roger Ebert tediousness (not really, but I like to think so). I always like to prepare a plethora of snacks to munch on during the ceremony, which usually includes lots of different cheeses, olives, meats, and of course…Salted Cocoa Porter Caramel Corn. This year, I’ve decided that I needed to combine two of my favorite things to make one epic Oscar snack, dark beer and popcorn. I chose the amazing West Sixth Cocoa Porter to make the topping, and it proved to be a delicious decision. Combined with caramel and a touch of sea salt, this popcorn is sure to be a hit whether you’re lounging at home alone, or if you are feeding a crowd at an Oscar party! Oh, and since I know you are waiting on pins and needles for my Oscar prediction, I say Best Picture goes to…Birdman! Maybe. Have a great weekend!
- 7 cups of un-buttered popped popcorn
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbs light corn syrup
- ½ cup dark beer ( I used West Sixth Cocoa Porter), Plus 2 tbsp, divided
- 4 tbs butter
- 1 tsp sea salt.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Spray a large baking pan with cooking spray.
- Add the popcorn to the baking sheet in an even layer and set aside until caramel is ready.
- Add the brown sugar, light corn syrup, ½ cup stout and butter to a saucepan over high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, stop stirring. Allow to boil for 7 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat, immediately stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons stout.
- Spray a silicone spatula with cooking spray (except the handle).
- Gently pour the caramel sauce over the corn, stirring to coat.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 250, stir, and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread evenly onto a sheet of parchment paper, sprinkle immediately with salt. Allow to cool, until hardened.
Recipe slightly adapted from The Beeroness.