Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn

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Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn is a fun, crunchy snack with a little kick and a lot of chocolate. This easy no-bake snack tastes like a bite-sized version of bourbon pecan pie!

Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn recipe overflowing from a bucket

Originally published Dec 29, 2013

2013 has certainly been an eventful year. The Bug has gotten so big! Even at only three-and-a-half, I can already see him becoming so intelligent and independent and creative, with his own mind and opinions. While this makes him difficult to deal with at times, it is also incredible to observe and to realize that he is my child. Well, mine and The Hubby’s, an amazing combination of the two of us. This becomes more and more evident the older he gets.

I also became a mom of two with the birth of Baby Smiles. While his birth was an incredible experience, the first few months were pretty intense. Worries about his weight gain, getting used to juggling two kids, complete and utter exhaustion.

But the past two or three months have been super fun. Perhaps it’s because this is the period of time that I went back to work full time with The Bug, or perhaps just because six to nine months is just such a fun period of amazing developments, but I have loved just watching. Watching his silly faces, watching him go from laying to crawling to sitting up on his own to pulling up. He plays and interacts with people, especially his big brother. And as much as The Bug seems a blend of The Hubby and me, sometimes I wonder if Baby Smiles was switched in the hospital. While The Bug was a content baby, Baby Smiles is happy. Just carefree and adventurous. I can’t wait to see how his personality evolves.

And I wasn’t the only one to add a member to our family. My cousin also had her first baby, an adorable little girl. Unfortunately, our kids won’t have the opportunity to be as close as we were growing up since they now live in Kentucky.

It is so exciting to see the next generation of our family and to see my little cousin as a mama. Distance has made it hard to be as close as when we were little, so I love that now we have a new type of connection and way to relate as mothers.

What does Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn have to do with any of this?

A shot glass filled with popcorn and pecans covered in bourbon-infused chocolate

Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn

The bourbon was inspired by my Thanksgiving trip to visit that family in Kentucky. It was a wonderful time with my family and the first time we got to meet my cousin’s baby. They got to meet Baby Smiles. This trip also kind of proved to me that The Hubby and I can do this. As I said, the early months with Baby Smiles were rough. Plus The Bug, well, he is three, and three-year-olds are slightly insane. And I have always been a vacation uber-planner, wanting to extensively research and schedule every meal and activity.

But despite being crammed in a hotel room with a sick baby who woke up every two to three hours, an overtired preschooler who was woken up by his brother, but still refused to nap and was a bit spazzy, we rolled with the punches. We had a really loose game plan, and had a great time! And ate some great food, naturally.

Pecans, well, they just work with bourbon. So there!

See how I wove that all together to make bourbon pecan chocolate popcorn? Genius, right?

This would be perfect to serve art a Derby Day Party with some Kentucky Hot Brown Dip, a Frozen Mint Julep,  or any of these Kentucky Derby Recipes.

A bucket of bourbon chocolate-covered popcorn overflowing in a metal bucket

 

What kind of chocolate is best for making chocolate popcorn?

One thing about this recipe for Bourbon Pean Chocolate Popcorn – use melting chocolate, NOT chocolate chips, and make sure you melt the chocolate with the bourbon and do not add the bourbon after melting the chocolate. Trust me on this one. Doing either will cause the chocolate to seize and while you can turn it into delicious truffles (sadly the chocolate shell on mine cracked, so they aren’t making it to the blog… yet), it will not be runny enough to coat the popcorn. I popped some popcorn in the microwave using this method, but if you are going to use microwave popcorn, get the plainest kind you can get. I think most brands call it “Natural”.

Honestly, due to the bourbon, this isn’t going to be the crunchiest popcorn you’ve ever eaten. But that doesn’t matter because it is delicious! And while it will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days, you probably don’t want to keep this around for a week. Not that it’ll last that long. The Hubby taste-tested for me… and then I proceeded to polish it off. Luckily I only made a half batch.

What other popcorn recipes can you make?

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Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn in a shot glass

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Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn

A fun popcorn snack with the crunch of pecans, a little kick of bourbon, and lots of chocolate!

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Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn in a shot glass

Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn

A fun popcorn snack with the crunch of pecans, a little kick of bourbon, and lots of chocolate!
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 8 cups popped popcorn (see Note)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 12 oz dark or semisweet melting chocolate discs or wafers or almond bark
  • 1/2 cup bourbon

Instructions

  • Place the popcorn in a large bowl and pour the pecans over the top. Don't mix or toss because then the pecans will just go to the bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the chocolate and bourbon to a bowl or top portion of a double boiler and set over a pot of simmering water on low heat, and gently stir and melt the chocolate. I do not recommend melting the chocolate in the microwave because the liquid may make it more likely to seize and solidify.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and pecans and gently toss until it is evenly and thoroughly coated.
  • Spread the popcorn onto a silicone baking mat or wax paper lined baking sheet and allow to cool to room temperature and firm up.
  • Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

Notes

You can pop your own in the microwave or air popper without any oil or butter, or if you use microwave popcorn, use the plainest kind you can find, usually labeled "Natural".
Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 567 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 528mg15%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

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44 Comments
  1. I love popcorn but I have never been a big chocolate popcorn lover. But your version with bourbon and pecans sound good enough that I want to give chocolate popcorn a chance again.

  2. This looks yummy! Can you make it without the bourbon? We are an alcohol free household (even for cooking), so I can’t make it exactally as the recipe states. Thanks so much for sharing this and HAPPY NEW YEAR! HUGS!

    1. Sure, you could make it as chocolate pecan popcorn. It won’t have the same flavor, but would still be delicious. Perhaps there is some sort of bourbon extract, similar to rum extract, that would give the flavor.

  3. Oh gosh, this popcorn looks too perfect, and even better than the caramel corn we usually eat. Just discovered your blog from pinterest, and looking forward to following your posts!

  4. It sounds like 2013 was a wonderful year for you and your family! I’ve been on a gourmet popcorn kick lately because of how easy it is to make and I’ll be adding this one to my list!

  5. This looks and sounds incredible! I’ve never heard of bourbon popcorn before but it certainly sounds like a great party food! Happy New Year and good luck on your quest to get back to healthier recipes in 2014. Me too 🙂

  6. What a great year for you…I hope 2014 is just as good! This popcorn sounds delicious, and to tell you the truth…I like softer popcorn anyway! I wouldn’t mind it not being so cruncy…esp if the reason is bourbon! Thanks for sharing such amazing recipes this year – you have become one of my favorite bloggers to follow, and have been very inspirational. Have a happy and healthy New Year, Brianne!

  7. I hope the trend of increased success for your wonderful blog continues in 2014 and you will have much success with it and your other goals too. Happy New Year!

  8. One of my NY’s resolutions needs to be to make more popcorn! Your chocolate version looks divine! I cannot imagine blogging with two young children! You rock, Brianne!!! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Liz! Usually in the kids/hubby/blog/house equation, poor hubby loses out, but he knows what I am working towards. And popcorn is a whole grain, so even for healthy eating resolutions, it works 😉 Happy New Year!

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