Coated in a dreamy bourbon caramel sauce, fresh popped corn and cashews are then liberally sprinkled with Maple-Bacon Dust! Bourbon Caramel & Cashew Popcorn is just one more of my “Over-the-Top” New Year’s Eve Party Ideas. OMG, your guests will go nutty for this special occasion treat!
When I host a gathering, I usually try to serve some type of “specialty” drink or treat that’s a little “over-the-top”!
And since I know my guests love to munch and imbibe while visiting with each other, I wanted to make my specialty New Year’s Eve Party snack portable!
So, what do you serve your BOURBON CARAMEL & CASHEW POPCORN WITH MAPLE-BACON DUST in?
Chinese Take-Out Containers, of course! But plain white containers would be boring, right?
So I decided to create some great party labels for them!
There’s four different designs, 2 for New Year’s Eve and 2 more for the cold days of Winter!
I actually tried it both ways. The stickers were really easy to cut out and adhere to the little boxes, no problemo. Then I tried them on glossy photo paper, and liked the way they had a nice “shine” to them. Both methods are fast and easy, the choice is yours!
I purchased a bulk package of Chinese take-out containers from Amazon:
16 Oz. Takeout Food Container with Handle – Microwaveable Kraft White Paper Chinese Take Out Box (50 Pack) for under $16.00.
No, I won’t need all of them for this New Year’s Eve party. But I know I’ll find another fabulous entertaining use for them in the near future!
These are exactly the type of item that if you buy cheaply in bulk, can be reused, recycled, or repurposed, depending on your needs. I’m already thinking about something romantic for Valentine’s Day…
I’ll tell you how to get your own holiday party labels for your Bourbon Caramel & Cashew Popcorn at the bottom of this post.
You’ll also find a bunch more New Year’s Eve Party Printables there too!
I’m a lover of caramel popcorn, it’s a bit of a sickness with me. No, I don’t eat it all the time, and can go months without a single nibble! Really…
But I will say this, once I take the first bite of caramel popcorn, I have all sorts of trouble stopping! We usually receive a huge can from a client during the holiday season, and it’s always delicious. But it’s not fabulous!
So, I went about developing a recipe for my Bourbon Caramel & Cashew Popcorn with Maple-Bacon Dust. It’s truly worthy of serving at a fancy holiday soiree like New Year’s Eve!
What I don’t love about many caramel popcorn recipes is they just don’t have the right ratio of caramel sauce to popcorn. Many are way too gooey, or a little too hard and brittle.
With some experimenting in the kitchen, I think I’ve achieved the perfect combination, and then doubled-down to make it fabulous! Wait until you taste my version with Maple-Bacon Dust sprinkled on top!
I do believe you’ll agree, this is not only a divine recipe for caramel popcorn, but it’s also fit to serve at all your holiday parties!
Bourbon Caramel Popcorn & Cashews with Maple-Bacon Dust will also be a hit served in paper cones for the 4th of July!
NAN’S TIP: Use a large non-stick skillet to make the caramel sauce for the popcorn because it’s much less messy at clean-up time. I also spray my mixing bowl and wooden spoon with vegetable spray to keep the caramel from making a sticky mess when coating.
POPPING CORN THE FAST WAY
DEHYDRATING IN A CONVENTIONAL OVEN
See, it’s really simple to do both these tasks without the help from any fancy kitchen gadgets or appliances… of course, we’re not counting our trusty microwaves! They’ve become a kitchen necessity these days, haven’t they?
I hope you love this recipe for Bourbon Caramel & Cashew Popcorn with Maple-Bacon Dust as much as my crowd does! It’s perfect for serving at fancy parties or barbeques, at home in upscale or casual gatherings alike.
I’m all about the special occasion presentation, making sure my party foods are decorated or presented in party-perfect ways. That’s why I served my caramel popcorn in Chinese take-out containers!
You can see I added some curled ribbons and raffia to the container for a little festive touch too!
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Make Ahead Instructions: This caramel corn stays fresh for up to 2 weeks in an
airtight container, so it’s a great recipe to make ahead of time! Cookie tins are ideal!
Nutritional information should be considered an estimate only; please consult a registered dietician, nutritionist, or your physician for specific health-related questions. Please note that the recipe above is published using a recipe card plugin, with preexisting software which can auto-calculate metric measurements, as well as change the number of servings.