Friday, April 15, 2011

Cheerwine Caramel Corn

Cheerwine Caramel Corn recipe from cherryteacakes.com
As my third of twelve posts counting down until the Salisbury 2011 BBQ Festival I'm taking a wee break from the BBQ and looking into one of North Carolina's other special flavors: Cheerwine! If you're not familiar with Cheerwine let me stop you before you get the wrong idea: it's not wine that makes you cheerful. But who wouldn't love that? Cheerwine is actually a cherry flavored soda that just happens to be made by the oldest continually run family operated soft drink company in America. Since 1917. There's a bit of trivia I bet you didn't know! On top of the soda, they also make an ice cream syrup, and I think we all know how I feel about ice cream, and cherries. :) This was a perfect idea for a blogger like me!

Want to try some? I have a not-very-secret-website to help you find it! It's got the all too creative name of: cheerwinefinder.com!

Once you get your hands on some I hope you try out the Cheerwine flavored caramel corn!

Cheerwine Caramel Corn
created for the Salisbury 2011 BBQ Festival

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup cheerwine ice cream syrup
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, cheerwine syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for half an hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

17 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!! I haven't had Cheerwine in forever, it used to be all I drank haha. Loving your site and looking forward to checking out all your other recipes! :)

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  2. one of my best friends love cheerwine. when we went to North Carolina last December she was drinking it like water she missed it so much cause where we are in California we don't have it. I think she would die for this popcorn I'm gonna have to find some and make it for her :)

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  3. Carmel corn is such a treat. The you add Cherry soda! This looks amazing. I think I would eat the whole batch myself.

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  4. Although I prefer salty corn this looks very tasty...!

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  5. Your photo makes me want to grab a handful!

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  6. Yum! I love cheerwine, popcorn and caramel so this combo is putting a smile on my face. looks delicious and such a creative idea!

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  7. I have never heard of cheerwine before, but I would like to find some in IL. I love popcorn, and caramel.

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  8. I've never made my own popcorn, let alone cheerwine caramel popcorn :O This looks amazing, but I don't think they have cheerwine in England :(

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  9. Ooooh! I'm intrigued. I'll have to see if they can ship international! Lovely recipe, looks totally delicious. Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Yum! As a good Southern girl, I'm familiar with Cheerwine. It was always a treat when we visited NC. I bet this popcorn is yummy!

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  11. I recently saw Cheerwine in my grocery store for the first time. You've given me reason to try it. Thanks for the post!

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  12. I am definitely going to try this. And I don't even have to go online to find my own Cheerwine. I saw it in Imbibe magazine last month and my parents happended to be on a car trip down the East Coast. Guess what they brought home for me? My mother enjoyed searching for it and loved it when she tried it.

    Jason

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  13. I've actually never had cheerwine, but I'm extremely intrigued now!! What a yummy snack idea! :)

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  14. Genius. I remember when I discovered regular kettle corn on the stove. I didn't leave the house for a week. You brought it to a whole new level. Especially with Cheerwine. Thank you!

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  15. I love caramel corn! But cherry caramel corn sounds even more amazing. I wonder if I can find cheerwine in the Northeast?

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  16. We love cheerwine. But none to be had in TX. I guess it is time for NC family to ship us some with the syrup as well. Your recipe is lovely.

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