Guinness Popcorn. Beer Flavored Popcorn will Rock your Saint Patrick’s Day.

It’s that time of year again, for another religious holiday ruined by Americans. I’ll be there with bells on, damnit. It brings a tear to my eye when I think about everyone back in Southie Boston. Puking in the streets, smashing beer and whiskey bottles over each others’ heads, unable to find the party because the network’s gone AWOL. The majority of the peeps are actually Irish too.

 

Aside from Shamrock shakes (Oh, you didn’t hear? Sham shakes really originated in Ireland. McDonald’s just stole the idea…) and hanging out with pals, my favorite moment is the Ghostbusters coming to town. They’re pretty much the celebrity guests at the Southie parade.

ghostbusters

Irish ghosts. Who you gonna call?

Thank you Ghostbusters for protecting us from Whitey Bulger (Google him if you don’t know).

On a side note, when did Stay Puft Marshmallow Man switch side and team up with the Ghostbusters? Is he now their informant? Taking notes from Whitey in The Departed, I see.

 

Anyhoo, I used Guinness for my Saint Patrick’s Day recipe. I know, totally obvi. Let me ask you; if someone came to your home with Guinness Popcorn, would you say no? Exactly. 


For this Guinness Popcorn you can use just about any heavy, dark beer with strong flavor. What you’ll get is a light hint of beer mixed in with a caramel coating on your popcorn. Use a shake or two of Kernel Season’s seasoning to compliment the sweet hops.

 

Ingredients For Guinness Popcorn

 

- Freshly popped popcorn (I use Kernel Season’s™ Premium Popping Corn)

- ¼ cup corn syrup

- ½ cup beer (I used Guinness) + 6 additional Tablespoons

- 1 ¼ cup sugar

- Dash of salt

- ½ stick of butter

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- Optional: nonpareils

- Optional: Kernel Season’s™ Popcorn Seasonings (choose your favorite flavors)

 

Combine all ingredients in a pot except for the 6 T beer, baking soda, and butter. Attach a cooking thermometer and heat on high until it reaches 300 degrees, known as the “hard crack” stage. The beer will cause your mixture to foam so make certain you use a large pot.

boil beer

See? Mine poured down the side a little. Whoopsies. The joys of recipe testing.

 

Remove from heat and quickly add the butter, baking soda, and 6 T of beer. Stir until caramel is thick.  Drop about 3-4 cups of popcorn into caramel and stir in. Use a slotted spoon to drain out excess caramel and then place popcorn on a piece of parchment paper sprayed with vegetable oil.

 

If the caramel was not very thick, allow popcorn to dry a little, then recoat your Guinness popcorn.  The more coats you have, or the thicker the layers, the more pronounced the flavor of the beer will be. If your popcorn has a thin layer, you may not taste the beer as well.

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You can sprinkle on some nonpareils, or leave as is. Allow to dry and enjoy. Feel free to also sprinkle on some popcorn seasoning for added flavor fun.

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Not only can you make this Guinness popcorn for Saint Patrick’s Day, it can be a perfect gift for Father’s Day as well.

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Guinness Popcorn. Beer Flavored Popcorn will Rock your Saint Patrick's Day.
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 200
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Guinness popcorn is a great Saint Patrick's Day recipe. A light hint of beer, mixed into caramel popcorn. You can make this for Father's Day too!
Ingredients
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  • Freshly popped popcorn (I use Kernel Season’s™ Premium Popping Corn)
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup beer (I used Guinness) + 6 additional Tablespoons
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: nonpareils
  • Optional: Kernel Season’s™ Popcorn Seasonings (choose your favorite flavors)
Instructions
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  2. Combine all ingredients in a pot except for the 6 T beer, baking soda, and butter. Attach a cooking thermometer and heat on high until it reaches 300 degrees, known as the “hard crack” stage. The beer will cause your mixture to foam so make certain you use a large pot.
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add the butter, baking soda, and 6 T of beer. Stir until caramel is thick. Drop about 3-4 cups of popcorn into caramel and stir in. Use a slotted spoon to drain out excess caramel and then place popcorn on a piece of parchment paper sprayed with vegetable oil.
  4. If the caramel was not very thick, allow popcorn to dry a little, then recoat. The more coats you have, or the thicker the layers, the more pronounced the flavor of the beer will be. If your popcorn has a thin layer, you may not taste the beer as well.
  5. You can sprinkle on some nonpareils, or leave as is. Allow to dry and enjoy.

 

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2 Responses to Guinness Popcorn. Beer Flavored Popcorn will Rock your Saint Patrick’s Day.

  1. Susan says:

    This looks absolutely awesome! Although, I’m not sure how the husband would feel about my using his precious beer on my popcorn. Oh well, I bought it, he’ll get over it!!

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