Beer, Sugar, Fire
Creating a candy glaze is relatively simple. Take some sugar, melt it down, and pour it on top of nuts, fruits, and bacon (yes bacon). This process is called maceration. Add liquid to fruit and add sugar on top to allow these flavors to make love in your fridge over night. However, we want to go easy and will save the maceration process for another recipe. This time we want to add liquid and sugar in a sauce pan and boil out the liquid to create a simple glaze.
The Hoppy Lager
Of course our liquid for this recipe will be Stone’s Dayslayer IPL. Stone sent us a bottle of this delicious pale lager. Yes, that is right, I said it. Delicious lager. I say that because the lager isn’t usually on my radar. In fact, if it weren’t for IPA revolution that brewed in San Diego for the past 20 years, I probably wouldn’t be drinking beer let alone talking about it. I tend to stray towards the hoppy and away from the bottom fermented lagers. The India pale lager is a great compromise.
Mistakes and Changes
If I were to make this recipe again, I wouldn’t go all in on the beer as the only liquid. I would do a mix of water and beer or beer and lemon juice to balance out the bitter. Even with bitter after notes, the sugar takes the center stage, with the salty crunch of the popcorn balancing things out. I also wished I had food coloring so I could color the popcorn red.
- Is a small sauce pan (with a lid), grease the bottom of the pan with vegetable oil. The bottom should be covered completely with a small layer of oil. Place your kernels into the pan. Similar to the oil, create a small layer of kernels. If your kernels are stacking, you added too much. Place on high heat with the lid on and pop you corn until you can’t hear anymore popping (or around 3 minutes).
- Pour out your popped corn onto a baking sheet and clean out your sauce pan for another use. Pour Dayslayer into the pan and simmer. Add the sugar into the pan and vigorously stir. Continue stirring until the liquid simmers and the viscosity thickens. Be careful not to burn the sugar!
- Once simmered, instantly pour out the syrup onto the the popcorn. Place into the fridge for 2 hours to harden the syrup.