Microwave Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Recipe made in the MICROWAVE!A ridiculously easy caramel corn recipe made in the microwave! This crisp, flavorful caramel popcorn recipe makes fabulous nostalgic holiday gifts.

Amazing Caramel Popcorn Recipe made in the MICROWAVE!

Remember the can of caramel popcorn 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.

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe made in the MICROWAVE!

For years I’ve been perfecting my caramel popcorn 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.

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Until now.

A friend recently told me, her mom has always made her caramel popcorn recipe in the MICROWAVE.

Black out, warping noises, little birds fluttering around my head….

How many hours have I wasted sweating over the stove?

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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.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn Recipe

It is not as good as stove top caramel corn, it is BETTER.

Making your caramel popcorn 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.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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.

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57 comments on “Microwave Caramel Popcorn Recipe

  1. Jeanetteposted November 30, 2012 at 7:06 am Reply

    What a cool trick Sommer – I would never think to make Caramel Popcorn in the microwave!

  2. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted November 30, 2012 at 7:07 am Reply

    love this one Sommer. Off to pin and stumble this!!

  3. Carolynposted November 30, 2012 at 7:50 am Reply

    Love the way you presented this in newspaper!

  4. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)posted November 30, 2012 at 8:01 am Reply

    I never would have dreamed you could make this in the microwave – so easy! I can’t wait to take some with my to my family’s holiday party. Also, I LOVE that you included cashews – I’ve been on a serious cashew kick lately.

  5. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted November 30, 2012 at 8:01 am Reply

    So cute! Love the photo of your family getting your tree!

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted November 30, 2012 at 8:32 am Reply

    I’m in. I’m sooooo in.

  7. Adora's Boxposted November 30, 2012 at 8:39 am Reply

    This is such a great no-fuss recipe for caramel popcorn. It usually involves a whole lot of utensils to make it.

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 30, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

    I am most DEFINITELY trying this recipe, Sommer. Because at this moment in time, believe I make the best caramel corn (stove top) on the planet. I truly hope you can prove me wrong!! ;)

    • Sommerposted November 30, 2012 at 10:41 am Reply

      Haha! I hope so too, Brenda. You’ll have to report back! ;)

  9. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted November 30, 2012 at 10:05 am Reply

    What?? So there is a way to get caramel corn without shaking the pot over a stove and burn it anyways? I am so IN! Totally going to try this this evening!!

  10. Angieposted November 30, 2012 at 10:09 am Reply

    This popcorn looks so good! My hubby os a popcorn lover too, he would adore this!

  11. Sarah | The Accidental Okieposted November 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Ack! This looks amazing and easy and naturally gluten-free. Win. Win. And WIN! I think I might try with salted pecans. I love salted caramel things! Thanks for the ideas!

  12. Jillposted November 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    What?! What an awesome idea! I love it!

  13. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted November 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm Reply

    I love brown bag popcorn, but I haven’t tried making caramel corn! And now I’m totally going to have to…

  14. Amy Tongposted November 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Nice! I must try this recipe! I usually make them in the oven. This is way easier. :) I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  15. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted November 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply

    I want to shake a bag of popcorn and cashews together with gloppy caramel! This sounds too fun! I love your gift idea, all wrapped up in newspaper with a ribbon – this is too creative! My family would enjoy this thoughtful, tasty treat!!

  16. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted November 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Cool trick! I do love popcorn and adding caramel is a must!

  17. marlaposted November 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Love seeing your family with the tree!!! Great looking popcorn :)

  18. Hollyposted November 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to try this! I have summer memories of the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk popcorn from Johnsons Popcorn. Miles and miles away now, I still crave that taste. This recipe could do it!

  19. Belinda @zomppaposted November 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm Reply

    You just changed my life. I was about to make a whole batch on the stove. I think I love you.

  20. Justinposted November 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm Reply

    I LOVE caramel corn and always say “I’m gonna make some!” yet never get around to it. I’ll get around to it now with this easy recipe. and Btw, we have the same microwave!

  21. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted November 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Wow! What fabulous recipe and so great for the holiday time and movie night!! Great idea!

  22. The Food Houndposted November 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Yes!!! My neighbor makes the BEST caramel corn but he’s one of those ‘I change what I do every time’ kind of guys so he’s never able to tell me how he does it… and I fail every time I try. But NOW! I win!! Can’t wait to try this! I just need to make sure I do it for a party so it all doesn’t stay in the house, aka I eat all of it.

  23. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm Reply

    Your caramel corn looks incredible, I love the cashews!

  24. Sanjeeta kkposted November 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

    What a fun idea to make caramel corn in MW..beautiful family click, Sommer!

  25. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 1, 2012 at 11:47 am Reply

    We always make our own homemade microwave popcorn — that store bought stuff is full of chemicals, yuck. Will have to try your caramel version!

  26. Monetposted December 2, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    Ah! Love it! So easy and so delicious. I just love how you packaged them too. Perfection! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I’m sorry I’ve been so absent. Between moving (and feeling quite sick) I’m just now catching up to over a month of blog-reading! I hope you are doing well. It feels good to be back :-)

  27. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted December 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Perfect for snack time! Looks freakin’ awesome!

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  29. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted December 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm Reply

    This is incredible! I had no idea I could make caramel popcorn so easily and now that I know… this will be deliciously dangerous :)

  30. Elizabeth @Food Ramblingsposted December 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm Reply

    delicious– love that you wrap it up in newspaper!

  31. Lisa | With Style and Graceposted December 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

    no way, this is brilliant!

  32. Anneposted December 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Yum! I eat air-popped popcorn almost every day…this looks dangerously easy:)

  33. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Outposted December 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm Reply

    This is exactly how my family has always made our caramel corn! So quick and easy.

  34. Stephanieposted December 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm Reply

    This looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it out. There are always alot of holiday movie watching in December. This will be a fun snack to try out :) Love the idea of incorporating cashews. I am a huge nut fan.

  35. Kristineposted December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm Reply

    Omg! Super easy and totally tasty! Saw this on Pinterest and was so excited that I had a bag and all ingredients on hand. Thanks :)

  36. Tayla Chaseposted December 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm Reply

    We tried popcorn in a paper bag in the microwave once, and the bag caught fire… :/ Not sure how everyone else gets their popcorn to work in a paper bag, but it would be awesome if it would work for me, too! lol, wary to try it again.

  37. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted December 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply

    So easy and so perfect as holiday gifts! That is, if it lasts that long without being eaten by me :)

  38. Marlyposted December 20, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

    Looks fabulous!

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  40. Tonyposted December 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm Reply

    This recipe so did not work. The caramel smoked and burned onto the popcorn and it ruined the taste of the popcorn. Will not try this again.

  41. Kellieposted January 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Made today. This is absolutely the best caramel corn recipe and easiest I have ever made. Thank you so much

  42. Gigiposted February 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm Reply

    This is WAY too salty. Cut salt down to 1/2 tsp and then this is fine. With the amount of salt called for, the popcorn is completely inedible :(

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  44. Amandaposted June 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply

    This was a great recipe! Next time I will definitely add cashews, and I’ll probably use 3/4 t salt and baking soda. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Gourmet Getawaysposted June 21, 2013 at 2:23 am Reply

    Wow! This looks
    Totally delicious! I can’t wait to try it :)

  46. Nancy Longposted July 15, 2013 at 2:59 am Reply

    finally, a good use for a microwave!

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  49. Lisa Alveyposted December 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Can I use dark corn syrup? (novice baker here!)

  50. crystalposted August 22, 2014 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Just made this using maple syrup (what I had on hand) taste just like. Moms! Though I still stirred it in a bowl lol

  51. Susan Andrewsposted September 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Just wondering where you get that paper & what it’s called? Thanks!

    • Sommerposted September 11, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply

      Hi Susan, I found it at World Market. They are called Fry Liners. :)

      • Susan Andrewsposted September 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        Thank you! I am just about to try this recipe!

      • Susan Andrewsposted September 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        THIS IS SO GOOD! I am fairly certain I could eat it all by myself! Have mercy!

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