Microwave Caramel Popcorn

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I am a big fan of caramel popcorn. Whenever I’m in the mood and want some, this is my go to recipe because it is quick, easy and good. This is so much better than any packages of microwave caramel popcorn you can buy from the store.

The microwave makes this a breeze to make. This is a recipe I got from my mom. Now, there are 2 types of caramel corn on my book. There is dry and there is gooey. This recipe fits in the dry category, but if you eat it warm it is a little on the gooey side. I like to it eat warm, but it’s still great when it’s cooled.

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Growing up there use to be a caramel popcorn store in local malls. I think it was called Karamel Korn. This popcorn reminds me of their caramel popcorn. I have a couple over caramel popcorn recipes that I like too. I have a gooey microwave marshmallow caramel popcorn and a gooey caramel popcorn ball recipe. Both are fabulous depending on what you are in the mood for.

I have used this popcorn as favors before for parties. Just fill small cellophane bags with this microwave caramel popcorn. Tie it off with a cute ribbon and you are good to go.

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Microwave Caramel Popcorn

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  • 2-3 quarts popped popcorn all just depends on how coated you want your popcorn
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda


  • In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave butter, sugar, syrup, and salt on high for 21/2 to 3 minutes until bubbling. Remove from microwave and mix in baking soda.
  • Put popcorn in a paper grocery sack and pour caramel over popcorn. Fold down top of grocery sack and put in microwave. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 20 seconds.
  • Take sack out of microwave and shake to even coat the popcorn. Pour out on cookie sheet to cool.
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This is the photo from when this recipe was first posted in June of 2009.

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