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Happy Halloween! This Halloween I’ll be hosting a girls night in and I wanted to find a really grown up snack to accompany our wine while handing out candy to our trick-or-treators! This Tipsy Maple Popcorn was a fantastic find! There are so many salty and sweet flavor components in this popcorn…there are the dry roasted peanuts, pancetta pieces, and Jack Daniels infused maple syrup! The most important step to nailing this Halloween treat is the oven-crisping…be careful not to burn the edges and don’t worry if the popcorn isn’t totally crisp when you take it out of the oven — it will continue to firm up as it cools. 

 

Tipsy Maple Popcorn
This Tipsy Maple Popcorn has so many salty and sweet flavor components...dry roasted peanuts, pancetta pieces, and Jack Daniels infused maple syrup!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 tablespoons bacon grease, or non flavored vegetable oil
  2. 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  3. 1/3 cup Jack Daniels
  4. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  5. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  6. Fresh ground black pepper
  7. 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  8. 3 pieces pancetta, baked until crispy and minced
Instructions
  1. Place the bacon grease in a 3 quart dutch oven with a lid. Add the kernels and place the covered pot over high heat. Once the popping begins, gently shake the pot to keep the kernels from burning. Once it is done remove the lid and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In another small pot add the Jack Daniels and heat it to burn off the alcohol and reduce it by half. Add the syrup and butter and heat until the butter is melted. Season with fresh ground pepper to taste.
  3. Place the popcorn, peanuts and the pancetta into a large mixing bowl. You want to sprinkle a little of the syrup over the corn a little at a time. You want to stir as you do this. Take your time otherwise the corn will saturate with syrup and collapse and just be gooey.
  4. Once it is coated put it on a large baking sheet and spread it out. Then place it in the oven and bake it for 20 to 40 minutes. Sometimes it takes longer to crisp so just check it and stir it around about every ten minutes.
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