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Boozy-Inspired Hot Toddy Caramel Popcorn

Boozy-Inspired Hot Toddy Caramel Popcorn

New popcorn flavor alert! Hot toddy and caramel popcorn meet to create this unforgettable and cozy hot toddy caramel popcorn. Is there anything better than a boozy cocktail-inspired caramel popcorn?

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I’m sure you can’t wait to read on about hot toddys, caramel popcorn, and a little bakery/bar in New York.

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One book I recently was most excited about was Butter & Scotch. Butter & Scotch is actually a bar and bakery. Yes, you read that right. A bar and bakery. They are in Brooklyn, NY anddddd they even have an online shop and can deliver within the U.S. Sadly, you can’t order cocktails to be delivered. I checked.

Anyway, they have an incredible bar, and desserts that are rich, decadent, and often very boozy. Their cookbook is a definite reflection of that. They share a lot of their signature drinks, plus a few extras. They also include cocktail and dessert pairings and many of their desserts are directly influenced by their best cocktails. I mean, a negroni pie? Mind freaking blown. They also have a selection of caramel popcorn flavors that are cocktail-inspired. The one that drew me in the most was the hot toddy caramel popcorn. I’ve been obsessed with hot toddys for a couple of years and eating hot toddy caramel popcorn is the best thing I have ever done.

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The flavors are so warm and inviting. It isn’t overpowered by the taste of bourbon. Instead it plays nicely with the honey and spices. I was most surprised by the saltiness. It isn’t labeled as a salted caramel, but it certainly is. I love that it adds more depth and the salty sweetness makes it so irresistible.

If you are into delicious cocktails and cocktail inspired desserts, I don’t think there is a book that you will love more that Butter & Scotch.

Amanda Powell
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 14 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 14 cups popped popcorn

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two baking sheets.
  • Add the sugar, butter, and honey together in a very large, heavy pot. Stir until the butter is melted and the ingredients are well mixed together..
  • Cook without stirring, until the mixture is a medium amber color. You can clean away any sugar crystals on the side of the pot with a wet pastry brush. Once it reaches the amber color, immediately remove from heat.
  • Whisk in the baking soda, then immediately whisk in the bourbon, lemon zest, salt, and cinnamon. Stir well, but carefully as the mixture will bubble and sputter a lot. Sometimes I like to wear an oven mitt on my stirring hand for extra protection.
  • Add in the popcorn, mixing well to evenly distribute the caramel onto the popcorn. I recommend using two heatproof spatulas to do the job.
  • Spread the popcorn on both baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight bag for up to five weeks.

 

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