Bourbon Toffee Popcorn

Today is a special day!

Not only am I finally sharing a popcorn recipe (yum), I’m sharing it for a very, very special reason – we’re throwing a baby shower for Rachel!


Rachel and I have never met in person, but we’ve become good friends over this crazy blogging thing and twitter.

And since we’re both huge popcorn fans, I knew I had to make a fun popcorn recipe for the baby shower.


This popcorn is salty and sweet, with just a little bit of bourbon and vanilla. Since she can totally eat as much as popcorn as she wants, I thought it would be fun to come up with a new way to have it.

I mean, when you eat popcorn as much as we do….it’s nice to have new flavors to mix in.


Happy happy Baby Shower Rachel! We can’t wait to see the little man!


Make some popcorn, grab a drink, and settle in to check out all these incredible dishes people are bringing for Rachel and the little guy.

Rachels Baby Shower


Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny – S’mores Popcorn
Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama – Caramel Popcorn Pretzel Bars
Cassie from Bake Your Day – Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn


Jamie from Thrifty Veggie Mama – Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pesto Crostini
Kathryn from London Bakes – Mini Onion and Feta Pizzas
Kita from Pass the Sushi – Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream
Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom – Baby Blue Cheese Burgers
Mackenzie from Susie Freaking Homemaker – Cucumber Sandwiches
Marnely from Cooking with Books – Curried Salmon Phyllo Cups
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie – Cranberry Citrus Meatballs
Susan from 30A Eats – Southern Cheese Straws
Sheila from Eat 2 Gather
Chicken Salad
Sarah from Sarah’s Cucina Bella – Apple  Asiago Prociutto Bites


Amanda from Fake Ginger – Snickerdoodle Scones
Barbara from Creative-Culinary – Patchwork Baby Quilt Cake
Carrian from Oh Sweet Basil – Mini Blackberry Pies
Deborah from Taste and Tell – Blue Layered Jello
Donna from Cookistry – Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake
Erin from The Spiffy Cookie – Sweet Potato Pie Dip with Pie Crust Dippers
Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet – Dark Chocolate Cashew Brittle Cookies
Jennifer from Mother Thyme – Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Jessie from Bread & Butter – Primal Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Liz from The Lemon Bowl – Chewy Molasses Cookie Bars
Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen – White Chocolate Biscoff Muddy Buddies
Tara from Chip Chip Hooray – Itty Bitty Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Sommer – Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake


Bourbon Toffee Popcorn:

Makes: 2-4 servings


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon


  1. Pour olive oil into a large pot with a lid. Add 1 popcorn kernel to the oil, cover the pot, and turn the stove on medium. Once the 1 kernel has popped, pour in the rest of the kernels, cover the pot again, and let it sit for 2-3 minutes until the popcorn starts popping.
  2. Shake the pot over the stove every few minutes to move the kernels around.
  3. When the popping slows down (about 3-5 minutes), remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Toss the popcorn with the 1 tsp salt in the pot and set aside while you make the  toffee coating.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Mix the sugar and water in a medium sauce pan and bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Let the sugar and water cook, boiling over medium heat, about 10-15 minutes, until the sugar is starting to caramelize and is turning a golden / amber color.
  8. Lower the heat to low and stir in the butter. Let the mixture cook for another minute, then remove the pan from heat.
  9. Stir in the vanilla and bourbon.
  10. Pour the toffee over the popcorn and toss everything together.
  11. Lay the toffee popcorn out in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes at 350.
  12. Remove from the oven and let the toffee set before breaking up and serving.


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  2. Yum! I love love love everything about this! You guys are amazing, thanks for hosting such a fun shower and inviting me in on the fun! I hope Rachel loves it!

  3. Love that you snuck a little booze into the popcorn!!!

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  7. Thanks so much for organizing! Love that you brought one of Rachel’s favorite snacks…with a little booze for when she’s not preggers anymore. ;)

  8. I love this! I’m a popcorn girl and adding bourbon? Yes.

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  10. Brandi! Thank you sooooo much for organizing this and for the sweet words. I love this popcorn and I love you! I am so touched by everyone’s support throughout this whole pregnancy and especially today. My heart is full and my cheeks are wet with tears. Love you! xoxo

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  12. Thank you so much for putting together this event with me! Your popcorn looks awesome and I would totally eat a HUGE bowl of this deliciousness!!!!

  13. Love. This.

    We eat popcorn a lot too and are always playing with flavors. Bravo!

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  17. That sounds incredible! YUM. I could totally (over)indulge in a big bowl of this.

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  20. What an awesome combo for popcorn! It must be bourbon season – I keep seeing new recipes everywhere that include bourbon! (Totally not a bad thing!)

  21. Such a fun babyshower! Thanks for everything!!

  22. Thank you for hosting such a great get together and for the idea of adding a little libation to everyday popcorn! :)

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  24. OK are you kidding me already/! drool. very fun party food ; D

  25. Bourbon toffee popcorn? HELLO.

    Also, I love these blogging baby showers. I participated in one back in the spring, and I just love seeing the blogging community come together in celebration. It’s great. Congrats to Rachel!

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  27. I love this popcorn Brandi. 50% because it’s bourbon and 100% because it’s popcorn. My 2 favorite things. Did I mention I flunked math? :) Thanks for helping put together one of the best virtual baby showers ever.


  28. Love all the popcorn recipes! Thanks for organizing the shower!

  29. This is an amazing combo! Thanks so much for organzing this fabulous shower and inviting me to join! Now I’m off to pop some popcorn. ;)

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  31. You may not know this but if it’s sweet and buttery, then I have a STRONG proclivity to add either rum or bourbon…how on earth did you beat me to the punch on this one! A must try in my kitchen.

    Thanks for your efforts in pulling this together; I know firsthand what that takes so Bravo to the Brandi/Brandy duo!

  32. There is so much that is right about this popcorn, Brandi! You guys did a fabulous job organizing this shower!

  33. I am loving all of today’s popcorn ideas!

  34. Bourbon popcorn?! You are a genius Brandi!

    Thank you also for organising this party, this has been such fun :)

  35. This would really make movie night fun!! Thank you for putting together such an awesome event! I had so much fun participating!

  36. Yeah for babies and this popcorn!! Wow.

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  38. Stop the presses. Or anything else for that matter. Bourbon + Popcorn? I think I may have just discovered what they line the floors of heaven with.

  39. I’m loving all of the popcorn creations! How creative!!

  40. Thanks so much for hosting, y’all did an amazing job of putting it all together and I know Rachel would love this popcorn and so would I!

  41. Wow, I need to step away from the cheese popcorn and make this instead. Looks great!

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  43. Thanks for putting this together, love the bourbon toffee combination in this! Delicious!

  44. How exciting! I love this recipe–I’m sure Rachel is virtually loving it too!

  45. we make something similar, except add bacon to it!! i highly recommend :)

  46. I lourves anything with bourbon, and popcorn with bourbon sounds even better!!

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