A delicious snack to bring to the party or for snackin at home to soothe a sweet tooth. Rosemary-Stout Salted Caramel Popcorn comes together in about 20 minutes. Consider making a double batch if you want to share! Get out your candy thermometer. We’re making candy!
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Salted Caramel Popcorn is Ready!
To celebrate this, and St. Paddy’s Day (are you wearing your green?), I made us some tasty Rosemary-Stout Salted Caramel Popcorn.
And who doesn’t love popcorn?
This recipe is so simple. It’s not just for your second cousin twice removed during the holidays. It’s a tasty treat to take to a party, share with friends or just nibble on to soothe that sweet tooth anytime of year.
I pop corn with coconut oil because it’s is a high heat oil, doesn’t oxidize at higher cooking temperatures, and tastes amazing paired with popped corn. So after you take five minutes to pop the corn and then eat it all because you just can’t control yourself, well, you’re just going to have to make another batch. That’s all I have to say about that.
Ingredients for Carmel Popcorn
With a short list of ingredients, you can whip this up in no time. Here’s what you’ll need to pull this candy corn together (see recipe card for details):
- Popping Corn – buy in bulk for best value
- Cane and Brown Sugar
- Brown Rice Syrup – find on the baking isle
- Sea Salt
- Coconut Oil
- Stout Beer – sub water for alcohol free and gluten free
- Fresh Rosemary
You’ll need a candy thermometer here to test the temperature of the caramel. I like this instant read thermometer. It’s ideal for making Freezer Jam, any kind of candy and taking the internal temperature of Sourdough Bread!
Quick Guide: How to Make Salted Caramel Popcorn
Making sure you have all your tools and ingredients measured and on the ready before starting will ensure a lower stress experience when making this recipe. Rosemary-Stout Salted Caramel Popcorn comes together in about 20 minutes yet attention is needed for all four phases of the cooking process (see recipe for details):
- First, you’ll pop the corn
- Second, cook the sugar, syrup and beer. This is your caramel.
- Next, pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir.
- Last, cool the caramel popcorn and then, pull the individual pieces of popcorn apart.
So stay focused here. Now’s not the time to make a cocktail, fold laundry or get on Instagram.
I know you’re wondering.. can you taste the Stout? Maybe undertones of its coffee-toffee notes, but mostly what comes through in this recipe is the caramel and rosemary. It’s sublime.
A Few Recipe Tips
- You’ll need a candy thermometer here to test the temperature of the caramel. I like this instant read thermometer. It’s fast, accurate and durable.
- Use your largest stock pot. I use a 10 quart to pop the corn and to mix the caramel and popcorn together.
- Gluten Free and/or Vegan? Look for gluten free/vegan stout beer or sub water for the stout.
- For best value, look for popcorn in the bulk bins.
Rosemary-Stout Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe
- To prepare you will need a candy thermometer, 2 silpat lined sheet pans or lightly sprayed parchment paper, a 10 quart stock pot, a 4 quart stock pot, long wooden spoon and a silicon spatula.
To Pop the Corn:
- In a large 10 quart stock-pot, turn the heat to medium-high. Add 3 Tbs coconut oil and popping corn. Put a lid on it and give it a good shake so that all the kernels are covered in oil. Stay close by. Once the kernels begin to pop, about 2 1/2 minutes, give the pot a good shake making sure to hold the lid in place. Turn the heat to medium while the corn continuities to pop. Give the pan a shake a few times while the corn pops. As the popping starts to slow, at about 4 minutes, turn the heat off and give the pot another shake. Once the popping has almost stopped, remove the lid and stir the popcorn with a wooden spoon. Set aside. *If you have un-popped kernels remove the popped corn with a measuring cup, locate the unpopped corn and discard it. Place the popped corn back into the 10 quart pot.
For the Rosemary Stout Caramel:
- In a medium 4 quart sauce-pot add the sugars, syrup, beer and salt. Cook on high, uncovered. Give the pan a gentle swirl to mix, then let the sugar cook to 280F (140C) without stirring. It will boil and get very hot, so be careful here. It will take about 6-7 minutes to come up to temperature. Once up to 280F (140C), add the remaining 3 Tbs coconut oil and rosemary and stir with a silicon spatula. Remove it immediately from the heat.
- Pour the caramel over the popcorn using a silicon spatula to scrape the caramel sauce out of the pot. Use a long wooden spoon to immediately (it starts cooling down fast!) start incorporating the caramel and the popcorn, stirring confidently using a scooping and turning over motion to cover each pop of corn. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes difficult to stir then pour out onto prepared sheet-pans. The popcorn will begin cooling immediately and as soon as it's cooled enough to handle, quickly start working the pieces apart by gently separating the pieces. Be careful here with the chunky pieces and only handle the outer pieces as there may be some hot sugar lurking!
- Store in a covered container with a small bowl of 1 Tbs of rice. The rice will pull any moisture away from the popcorn helping to keep the popcorn fresher longer.