Boozy Egg Nog Caramel Corn and Top 12 Recipes of 2012

Okay, Okay….this is really not THAT boozy of a caramel corn after cooking the caramel……BUT I did add booze, BONUS!!!  We are a snack family, many of my friends share they love having snacks around the house.  So for my first recipe of 2013, I bring you a snack we devoured VERY quickly in our home.  This recipe would be perfect when traveling, put a little in a baggie and ensure you don’t get low blood sugar in the middle of your day!  Oh don’t worry about the booze in the recipe, it really does cook down, and just gives a lovely flavor!

Actually now that I have made Homemade Salted Caramels, and caramel corn, I believe I may have opened a candy making floodgate!  I am excited to try some recipes  this year, and and explore what all my lovely candy thermometer has to offer!

For this recipe I looked on-line for a basic caramel corn recipe from, and then adjusted it to add in the rum and egg nog.  I have since received a family caramel corn recipe I am very excited to try…..more snacks for my travels, WOO HOO!!!

Boozy Egg Nog Caramel Corn

A perfect snack when at home or on the road!

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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8 quarts of popped popcorn
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups salted butter
1/2 cup spiced dark rum
1/2 cup egg nog


Grease with cooking spray two large 4 inch deep pans or 3-4 cookie sheets with edges. Sit aside.

Pop popcorn stove-top in a deep pot, or however you choose. You can use microwave popcorn, it will call for several bags, maybe 4 or 5 bags. You can pop the corn in advance, and sit aside to cool.

In a large sauce pot over medium-high heat, cook the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter, swirling pan frequently, try to avoid stirring with spoon, instead move pan around carefully and swirl frequently carefully. Heat sugar mixture to 200 degrees F, then add rum and egg nog and swirl together well. Be careful the mixture cools quickly when you add the rum and egg nog, so swirl frequently to keep the mixture moving. Heat mixture to 270-290 degrees F. To check if mixture is done cooking, drop some in a small amount of cold water, if it is immediately hard and pliable then it is done cooking.

Pour caramel over popped popcorn on cookie sheets slowly, and stir well to incorporate caramel well.

Let corn cool about 10 minutes or more. Then devour.



This year has truly been a long rollercoaster of many ups and downs.  The best part started in January 2012, when I started full-time with my company.  I love my job, and helping restaurants move towards being completely food safe in everything they do.  I am also so happy to say I was able to cross a few more items off my kitchen bucket list.  My hubby and I took a trip to Wilmington North Carolina, and back home to Michigan for our fun travels this year.  The way I see it, life is always an adventure, what is important is how do you choose to see that adventure?  I chose to have fun on my roller coaster, and continue to have fun learning more about baking/cooking/ photography/and writing!

NOW who is ready to take on 2013?  I am so ready to conqueror more of my kitchen bucket list, and have FUN!!!!  I put together the top 12 recipes of 2012 here at CafeTerraBlog.  I also created a Pinterest board of all my savory treats, sweet treats, and cocktails I made this year!

Top Left to Right – Lemon Chess Pie, Homemade Bagels, Apple Cranberry Martini with Crystal Head Vodka, Chocolate Coffee Pull-Apart Bread.

Left Side – Kale Chip, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Swirl Egg Bread, Boozy Cranberry Tangerine Coffee Cake

Right Side – Homemade Lemon Curd, Basil Strawberries with Red Wine Citrus Greek Yogurt

Bottom Left to Right – Homemade Cherry Almond Ice Cream, Butternut Squash Pizza Dough, Strawberry Banana Quinoa Muffins, Sweet Lemon Cake

Since I don’t do the whole New Year’s resolution thing (I never keep them!)  My goal – I decided I need to use my Nikon camera to it’s full capabilities.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

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  • Happy New Year, Terra! This caramel corn looks delish!
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    Happy New Year Terra! Hope you're having a good start to 2013! It would be fun to meet up some time this year. I live in Raleigh so we're not that far from each other. Your caramel corn looks amazing, what a fun, gourmet twist. I think I would eat this up in one sitting, caramel corn is one of my additions! :)
  • kitchenriffs
    Great looking caramel corn! And a nice recipe round up! I never made New Year's resolutions, because I never keep them either! Happy New Year!
  • The caramel corn must be very delicious and addictive!
  • Jamie
    Wow! I love caramel popcorn (who doesn't?) but with rum and eggnog? I'd eat all 8 quarts myself. Amazing! I really want to start trying to make candy so i can't wait to see where your sweet tooth takes you! Happy Happy New Year!
  • Tara
    Love the sound of this Terra!!! YUMMMY! Can't wait to try it! xoxo
  • Kim Bee
    Boozy popcorn... you're a genius. Happy New Year Terra.
  • Sanjeeta kk
    You have some wonderful desserts and bakes using yogurt...need to try them out. Have a happy New year, Terra!
  • Look at all the amazing dishes you made in 2012!!! And this year is off to a just as wonderful I adore caramel corn and your boozed up version must taste incredible!!! YUM!
  • Wow, what a delicious spread you have here!! Would love to try a few of these beauties :) The boozy eggnog popcorn sounds great too!! Happy New Year my friend :)
  • That boozy caramel corn would absolutely get me in trouble-too good!! Love your recipe round-up collage Terra and I'm looking forward to more of your delicious recipes and fun conversation! No New Years resolutions for me either, but I just posted my bucket list for 2013 :-) Happy, Happy New Year!! xo
  • mjskit @
    Believe me - I'm not at all worried about the booze in this recipe (she says as she sips her old fashion). :) Egg nog and caramel - you're killing me!!!! And here this afternoon we had a boring bowl of popcorn cooked in garlic infused oil and salt. Boring!!! I could definitely eat a bucket of this spiked popcorn!!!! Yes, life is a roller coaster ride, but what a fun ride! Speaking from experience - have as much fun as soon as possible - travel, party, love your job and enjoy life. Don't wait until retirement. By then it's too late. Now to answer your question - Do I make new year's resolutions? Nope! I've never kept one in my life. :)
  • Happu New Year, Terra! Love the recipe round-up! We made the popcorn last night as a 'munchie' for movie watching and it was outrageous! We couldn't stop eating it! Now we'll have to keep a supply of egg nog on hand year round :)
  • You had me at boozy popcorn! :D And LOVE the round up (especially those quinoa muffins)! Happy New Year Terra and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store! HUGS!
  • justonecookbook
    Wow so creative!!! I love the idea of boozy egg nog caramel popcorn. Lately I only eat caramel addicting. I am afraid this one is beyond my imagination. Looks yum!