If you aren’t interested in wearing socks anymore, you’re in luck. Because our recipe for Bourbon Pecan Caramel Corn will knock’em right off. It’s true, bourbon does make everything better.
Who doesn’t love caramel corn? It’s crunchy. It’s sweet and salty. That’s why it was hard for us to believe we could improve on it, until, we started thinking about bourbon. Now, that’s when things started to get interesting. We’ve long believed that bourbon makes everything better. So we put together a recipe that not only includes a good measure of the beautiful brown liquor, but also includes the rich texture of pecans as well. Because we all know that if you can’t pair bourbon with bacon, you’re gonna have to pair it with pecans. Believe us when we tell you, we tried to figure out a way to include bacon in this recipe. It just wasn’t gonna happen.
So, call over a couple of friends. Put your “making-a-mess-of-the-kitchen” aprons on and have at it. We promise that you’ll be hard pressed to find a caramel corn recipe this good. And, we highly suggest that you save a little bourbon to pour in a glass and drink along side this tasty snack. Just pour it over one of our beautiful frozen whiskey stones, of course.
Bourbon Pecan Caramel Corn Recipe
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
3 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup bourbon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups chopped pecans
Pop the popcorn and place in a large bowl with plenty of room for stirring. Line a large cookie sheet with foil.
In a large saucepan, heat sugar, butter, vanilla extract, salt, and bourbon on medium heat, stirring often. Continue to stir until sugar melts and a deep caramel color is achieved. Double check that you have everything ready, because the addition of baking soda to the caramel will cause it to double in size quickly and bubble up. When you’re ready to coat the popcorn, add the baking soda to the caramel and stir quickly. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn. Immediately add the chopped pecans and stir quickly, coating the mixture evenly with the caramel. Spread the caramel coated popcorn and nuts onto the foil-lined cookie sheet and allow to cool for approximately 10-20 minutes.
*Be careful when handling the hot caramel. This stuff is super-sticky and extremely hot. We recommend doing the pouring with heat-resistant kitchen gloves.
Chill without diluting. Simply freeze Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks for two hours, then add one to your next drink. Let stand 5 minutes. Enjoy. Whiskey Disks are dishwasher safe. They come with a nifty cotton satchel for easy storage in the freezer. Made of 100% natural soapstone, which will not impair flavor or odor.