Microwave Caramel Popcorn
A ridiculously easy Caramel Corn Recipe made in the microwave! This crisp, flavorful caramel popcorn recipe makes fabulous nostalgic holiday gifts.
Remember the can of caramel corn that always showed up around the holidays?
You know, that big canister of seasoned popcorn with caramel corn, cheesy popcorn, and buttered popcorn brimming the top of the can?
I loved that.
As kids we would sit by the fire, nibbling crunchy corn from the canister and play board games, or listen to my dad read stories. Such great memories are associated with popcorn.
For years I’ve been perfecting my caramel corn recipe.
I spent hours hovering over the stove-top to make sure the caramel reaches the perfect candy consistency, so it didn’t crystallize after coating the popcorn.
A good caramel popcorn recipe is a thing a beauty, but fairly tedious to make.
A friend recently told me, her mom has always made her caramel corn recipe in the MICROWAVE.
Black out, warping noises, little birds fluttering around my head….
How many hours have I wasted sweating over the stove?
The first time I tried this method of preparing my caramel popcorn recipe, I stood shaking my head while the seconds ticked away on the microwave.
“It can’t possibly be as good.” I told myself. A self-soothing message to ease the pain of countless hours lost.
After removing the paper bag filled with caramel corn, and dumping it out on waxed paper, the verdict was in.
It is not as good as stove top caramel corn, it is BETTER.
Making your caramel corn recipe in the microwave, provides an extra thin, ultra crisp coating of caramel with even coverage.
If you think about it, shaking the caramel corn in a bag would provide astounding uniformity, over pouring the caramel on the popcorn in a roasting pan, and trying to mix the gloppy mass with a wooden spoon.
I can tell you with certainty, that I will never make my caramel popcorn recipe using the stove/oven method again.
It’s all microwave for me, baby.
You can make this caramel corn recipe with popcorn alone, or mix nuts into it for a little wow-factor.
Your friends and family will love receiving this popcorn for the holidays and will have no idea you didn’t slave away to make it.
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe
3 quarts popped popcorn (from about 1/2 cup kernels)
2 cups nuts, optional
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 Tb. butter
3 Tb. corn syrup
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Large paper grocery bag
Pour the popcorn and nuts in a large paper grocery bag. Be sure to pick out any un-popped kernels.
Place the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and vanilla in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir, then microwave another 2 minutes, until boiling.
Immediately stir in the baking soda and pour over the popcorn, in the bag. (The baking soda will cause the caramel to foam up.)
Fold the top of the paper bag over a couple times and shake well. Place the bag in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Shake the bag vigorously again and microwave for 45-60 more seconds. Check at 45 seconds to make sure it's not burning.
Open the bag and pour the caramel corn out on waxed paper. Break up clumps if needed. Cool completely to harden.
*Every microwave is a little different. After the caramel corn cools completely, if it does not crisp up, put it back in the bag and microwave for another 30-45 seconds.
More Edible Gift Ideas:
M&M Cookies in a Jar ~Damn Delicious
Homemade Vanilla Extract ~ Averie Cooks
Banana Crunch Popcorn ~ Inside BruCrew Life
What are you doing to get in the holiday spirit?
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