Sometimes when I am feeling stuck and uncreative and I don’t know what recipe to make, I start with something I love and add to it. And add to it. I was feeling that way this week — what could possibly be the perfect end to Popcorn Week?
I first thought about caramel corn, which somehow led me to the caramel macchiato. That was my go-to coffee drink back in college. I rarely drink them anymore, but once in a blue moon I will treat myself.
Then, I added a bit of sea salt, because anything salted caramel is also my favorite. And then I added coffee ice cream in lieu of the macchiato’s espresso and milk. And then I added booze. Because of course I did. And because who doesn’t love boozy milkshakes?
And that’s how I came up with the very delicious Boozy Salted Caramel Macchiato Milkshake. Now do you see what I mean? That’s my secret trick to developing recipes. Or it’s just the weird way my mind works. You’re welcome for that little piece of knowledge.
The last thing I added was a popcorn garnish. I speared popped popcorn kernels with wooden skewers and added them to the glasses. I might have been waiting for an excuse to use popcorn as a garnish on a cocktail. Really, I have. But I finally found it. Popcorn Week is as good a reason as any — if not the best reason. (Bonus points if you garnish this drink with my Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn.)
I do hope you’ve enjoyed all the glorious popcorn recipes my friends have shared this week. We’ve been using the hashtag #popcornisforbloggers on social media, but if you missed it, let’s have a look, shall we?
Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn — The Speckled Palate
Cookie Butter Popcorn Cupcakes — The Crumby Cupcake
Mexican Chocolate Popcorn — Macheesmo
Unicorn Popcorn Rocky Road — The Sugar Hit
Snickers Popcorn — Cake ‘n Knife
Birthday Cake Oreo Popcorn — Club Narwhal
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Popcorn — Feast + West
Loaded Candy Bar Popcorn — Sugar Dish Me
Matcha Popcorn Milkshakes — Brunch with Joy
Vegan Caramel Corn Cacao Nib Popcorn — Twin Stripe
S’Mores Popcorn Treats — Hey There Sunshine
Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake with Caramel Corn Crumb Topping — bethcakes
Caramel Corn Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches — Meredith Noelle
Caramel-Masala Popcorn with Pistachios — Love & Flour
Vegan Almond Joy Popcorn — The Frosted Vegan
Holy amazing, yes? A huge thanks to these wonderful friends for not questioning my love for popcorn. And more gratitude goes to Cabot Creamery and to Bob’s Red Mill for generously sponsoring our project and giveaway.
And don’t forget about our giveaway! If you enter, you could be the lucky winner of a movie night prize package. It comes with a very fancy air popper, goodies from Cabot Creamery and Bob’s Red Mill and a $15 gift card to Amazon.com! Amazing, yes? The giveaway ends in one week, so be sure to enter before then! // susannah
Click through to see the Boozy Salted Caramel Macchiato Milkshakes recipe!
- 2 cups coffee ice cream
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, more or less as needed
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- pinch sea salt
- popcorn, for garnish
- In a blender, combine ice cream, heavy cream, caramel, bourbon and salt. Blend until thick and well-combined. Add more cream, a splash at a time, if too thick. Add more ice cream if too thin.
- Drizzle caramel sauce in an abstract pattern inside of glasses. Fill glass with the milkshake. Drizzle with additional caramel on top. Garnish with a wooden skewer with popcorn.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g