Salted Maple Whiskey Caramel Corn

Ingredients
  • 16 cups popped popcorn (1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped)
  • 1 cup lightly toasted pecans
  • ¾ cup butter (1½ sticks)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 250ºF. Place the popcorn and pecans in a large bowl, and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the brown sugar and maple syrup and cook until the mixture starts to boil.
  3. Continue to boil, stirring frequently, for 12-14 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken significantly. If using a candy thermometer, you want to reach 250ºF.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the whiskey and salt.
  5. Pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn and pecans. Using a spatula, fold until evenly coated. Spread the popcorn and pecans onto the cookie sheet and bake, stirring twice, for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Allow the popcorn to cool slightly before serving.
Notes
You can substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract for the whiskey, if preferred.
Author: Shaina Olmanson
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Recipe by Food for My Family at http://foodformyfamily.com/recipes/salted-maple-whiskey-caramel-corn-with-pecans-for-movie-night