Microwave Caramel Popcorn
Caramel popcorn made in under 15 minutes with the miracle of the microwave. Easy and fun - not to mention delicious.
Caramel popcorn made in under 15 minutes with the miracle of the microwave. Easy and fun - not to mention delicious.
This is SOOOO good and easy! However, do yourself a favor. First, transfer your popcorn into a blow and then to another, leaving all of the unpoped kernels at the bottom of the first bowl. Toss the unpoped kernels. Return popcorn to bowl. This takes less than a minute and saves you a lot of time later (you don't have to find the unpoped kernels stuck in caramel!) When my caramel mixture was ready, I poured it unto the popcorn and tossed the caramel eavenly in the bowl to make sure the popcorn got evenly coated. Then, I transfered the coated popcorn into the brown paper bag. Depending on your microwave, it might be smart to cook it only 30 sec. at a time or to reduce the power because the first time I made it it burned. I cooked mine for 1:30 minutes (30 sec. at a time) at a reduced 50% power and it turned out perfectly. Note: For dairy-free version, replace the butter with 1/2 cup of Safflower oil.Read More
At first, when I microwaved it for the first 1 minute and ten seconds, it smelt really good, and it was fine, then i microwaved it again (as said in the instructions) and that pretty much ruined it. It smelt burnt, although it didn't appear to be that way, and it never got evenly spread in the paper bag with the popcorn in it; I don't recommend this recipe OR just follow your intuition on when the caramel should be ready and find a different way to evenly coat the popcorn in the caramel.Read More
This is SOOOO good and easy! However, do yourself a favor. First, transfer your popcorn into a blow and then to another, leaving all of the unpoped kernels at the bottom of the first bowl. Toss the unpoped kernels. Return popcorn to bowl. This takes less than a minute and saves you a lot of time later (you don't have to find the unpoped kernels stuck in caramel!) When my caramel mixture was ready, I poured it unto the popcorn and tossed the caramel eavenly in the bowl to make sure the popcorn got evenly coated. Then, I transfered the coated popcorn into the brown paper bag. Depending on your microwave, it might be smart to cook it only 30 sec. at a time or to reduce the power because the first time I made it it burned. I cooked mine for 1:30 minutes (30 sec. at a time) at a reduced 50% power and it turned out perfectly. Note: For dairy-free version, replace the butter with 1/2 cup of Safflower oil.
Another tip. Spray the inside of your paper bag with Pam cooking spray before adding the popcorn. It helps keep the caramel from sticking to the bag.
Awesome! Didn't read all reviews first and burned the caramel in my first attempt - so pay attention to the cooking time (it's only a few minutes after all : ) ). The second time I cooked the caramel sauce for 1.5 minutes, stirred than another 1.5 minutes then added the baking soda. When I re-microwaved it I only did 45 seconds per side and it turned out perfectly! Also as with other reviewers, I halved the recipe and used one bag of microwave popcorn. Delish.
warning....do not make if you are looking for a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth...because you will eat way tooo much of this stuff. the beauty of this treat is how quickly it comes together and then wow.....pure delight to the taste buds. i had no trouble with preparing...only trouble is it is way addicting!!! before my husband and i knew it we had polished off the whole bowl. i will definately make again but not often...too fattening and too good.
First of all, this popcorn turned out great. It was easy to make, and the cleanup was a snap. I made this recipe using 2 bags of microwave popcorn. The box said that each bag was 12 cups popped, but when I measured it after popping it, it was actually 8 cups per bag. This made 2 bags perfect for this recipe (4 quarts exactly). I did not have any paper bags to toss the popcorn in (who does anymore?), so I used the empty microwave popcorn bags instead! Since they are made to fit 12 cups of popped popcorn, and they actually only popped 8, there was enough room in each bag to fit half of the caramel popcorn back into each one for the second part of the recipe. The whole process was like this: pop the popcorn, pour both bags into a large bowl, dump it into another large bowl and remove the un-popped kernels from the bottom. Split the popcorn in half (half in each bowl), cook the ingredients for the caramel as directed in the recipe, pour half of the caramel onto the popcorn in each bowl, mix the caramel into the popcorn using a couple of large spoons, pour each bowl of popcorn into its own empty microwave popcorn bag, and then microwave each popcorn bag individually as directed. My microwave is high-powered, so I did 1 minute at 50% power, then shook the bag, then did another minute at 50% power. It worked great! Since microwave popcorn bags are wax-lined, the caramel didn't stick to them at all, and everything worked out great!
Ok, this is soooo good. I have made caramel popcorn the "old fashioned" way many times. Never again. This was so easy and quick and tastes just as good (if not better) than traditional. Couple of notes though: First, real butter is so much better and worth the extra cost because you can really taste the difference. Second, my butter/brown sugar mix boiled over in the m/w and made a big sticky mess which I then had to put the bag on, so I suggest you put a plate under the bowl to catch any mess. Third, I used m/w popcorn, I just omitted the salt and ate some while the butter/sugar mix was cooking. My bag says that each bag makes 10 cups, so it's about 4 cups too much. I used two bags (most of two bags, anyway) Terrific recipe, LOVE IT. Thanks.
I didn't think I had any corn syrup, (I actually did) so I used honey. It still tasted great.
it was soooooo good the second time. NOTE TO EVERYONE: THE BAKING SODA IS IMPORTANT!!! the first time i made this i didn't have baking soda so i didn't use it. and it was gross, the butter and karo syrup dont combine and it had oily karo syrup on the top. but luckily the second time i was smart and i did use it. ps: the caramel is a good ice cream topping!!!
At first, when I microwaved it for the first 1 minute and ten seconds, it smelt really good, and it was fine, then i microwaved it again (as said in the instructions) and that pretty much ruined it. It smelt burnt, although it didn't appear to be that way, and it never got evenly spread in the paper bag with the popcorn in it; I don't recommend this recipe OR just follow your intuition on when the caramel should be ready and find a different way to evenly coat the popcorn in the caramel.
I just ate a whole batch myself! I did halve the recipe, but still, it's just way too good. I used one bag of microwave popcorn which made 4 cups of popped corn, so I halved the caramel ingredients. I was concerned about messing and burning, as other readers had mentioned, but none of that happened. I pretty much followed the directions. On putting the bag back in microwave I set the timer for 1 minute instead of 1 minute 10 seconds, twice, as called for. Everything perfect. Thank you for a great recipe, I'm sure I'll make this many times.
This was the easiest thing to make EVER!! I am famous for messing up the "easy" recipes but this was so incredibly easy and holy cow, FAST!! I still used the microwave popcorn (Store Brand in Natural Light Flavor) and used 16 cups of popcorn (approx. 1 1/2 bags) and used real unsalted butter (popcorn already had salt). Make sure you don't fold your bag down too far and not leave enough room for the popcorn to shake around in. Thank you for an amazing recipe.
I have been making this caramel popcorn for 30 years the old way. Just tried it the microwave way and was utterly thrilled. No more worrying about 'softball' stage or baking it too hot and burning some! Thanks and I loved it.
Like quite a few people, I was a tad skeptical about making this...well, I followed the recipe to the tee and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you for such a quick and easy recipe for a, normally, time consuming treat!
Thanks for the recipe (and the helpful reviews) everyone! Here are my adaptations: I picked out the unpopped kernels, then divided the popped corn into two large bowls. When I made the syrup, I used salted butter, so I omitted the salt. I used dark brown sugar, because that usually yields a better "caramell-y" flavor and color than using light brown sugar (more molasses left in!). I also waited to add the vanilla until both the initial cooking times were done, since I know in many other recipes that the vanilla extract doesn't go in until after the heating process. I divided and poured the syrup mixture over the popcorn while it was in the two bowls, so I could better distribute the caramel syrup evenly over the corn than it would have been if I'd done that in the paper bag. I sprayed the inside of the paper bag, as suggested, and the finished popcorn came out beautifully. This turned out to be a great idea for a quick party appetizer because I could make in little time, with ingredients I had in my pantry. I sampled it as it layed out to cool, and it tastes spectacular! Now the only work I have left is to stay away from it, so I have something to bring to the party besides a stomachache and a guilty look on my face! :D Yummy!
PERFECT! Never felt compelled to review any recipe until now. Economical, easy and delicious--a triple threat. I used one cup of popcorn kernals popped in 1/4 cup increments in the microwave (see this site for microwave popcorn), used real butter and a combo of dark corn syrup and molasses. Used the tupperware bowl hint with great success. It was so easy to coat all of the popcorn by shaking the bowl. Heated the popcorn mixture in 30 second increments (shaking in between) for a total of 2 minutes--no burning. I have a 1100 watt microwave and used it at 100% power. All the popcorn was evenly coated. OUTSTANDING! Don't wait to try and you'll never have to toil over a caldron of boiling butter/sugar again. Thanks for sharing.
I doubled this one, as i like all pieces to be coated. I also use 8-9oz bag of Hulless popcorn (or puffcorn, depending on what you call it ;-), 1 cup of cheerios, and 1c of peanuts (or pecans). After I dump the butter into my microwave dish, I generally take my very large tupperware bowl (make sure it fits in your microwave, and has a lid) and rub the butter wrappers on the inside of the bowl. Dump in the popcorn, cheerios, peanuts into that dish while the coating is in the microwave. Once the coating (caramel) is done, simply pour it all over the popcorn, put the lid on and shake it up. Pop it back in the microwave (lid off ;-) for 1 minute, stir, then another minute. I don't bother dumping it out on waxed paper or a cookie sheet to cool, i just leave it in the bowl, it doesn't really stick together that much. Once it's cool the lid can go back on it for storage. It generally does not last more than a day in our house.
Thank you for taking the time to sit down and submit this. My daughter is on a very restrictive diet for autism, and she can eat this! She's going to go crazy!!! Thank you again, and keep submitting! SECOND NOTE: I made this recipe again today and I have to comment again. This time I cut the margarine down to only half a stick (1/4 c) to save on the fat and I used a 50/50 mix of brown sugar and Splenda (still totaling one cup) to save on calories...it was still awesome! I was afraid the caramel mixture might not turn out right since I messed with the measurements, but it was still perfect!
Make sure you bring the caramel to a boil and let it become a bit thick!! If you don't you will end up with a gooey sticky mess that never hardens. Just watch it close and stir often to prevent burning. Also I think butter works much better than margarine. And do not forget the baking soda. It is key. Good recipe and great to send to school for kids parties!
Wonderful and So VERY easy! I have always burned my carmel corn, but not this time. BUT as a side note, you do want to watch the heating time -- I think I cooked mine for 2.5 minutes the first time, 1.5 minutes second time, and about 1 minute the last time. And this stuff dries really REALLY quick, so soak your pans as soon as possible!
This was scrumptous! I burned mine too on the first go round. Cook 30 seconds less in the microwave and make sure the caramel syrup goes on the popcorn evenly.
I usually make my popcorn in the oven and over the stove and it is a lot of effort. This worked out really well. I don't have an air popper so I put half a cup of kernels in a large glass bowl with a dish towel on top and microwaved for 4 minutes. I added pecans to my popcorn and made half of the caramel topping. I agree with others about your microwave, I did my caramel at 30 second intervals and it needed only 2 minutes. I also used butter instead of margarine and pancake syrup instead of corn syrup. I also accidentally put in baking powder, and then put in the baking soda since I knew it was supposed to get foamy. My messup didn't seem to affect the outcome. I then tossed it about in bowls and followed the re-microwave for 1:10 instructions. Unfortunately one of my bowls burned a little in the middle, so again, that was too long. It's crunchy, not chewy, which is fine with me for the amount of effort put in.
I love this recipe, I've made it so many times now. I make it often when the kids have friends over or for our weekend getaways to the mountains, beach, etc. So easy, so quick, fast clean up, and soooo good! Everyone loves this popcorn-people assume that I bought it or did a very time consuming oven baking method. It just doesn't get any easier than this! I use 3 bags of popped butter flavor microwave popcorn and the only change I make is to reduce the amount of time I cook it in the bag to 45 seconds each time instead of 1 min 10 secs-my microwave probably runs hot but it would burn if I left it that long. GREAT recipe!!
This is so tasty.
Yum! and so easy! I didn't have corn syrup, so I read online to heat in a saucepan 1 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 1/2 cup honey. I had lots more than the 1/4 cup of syrup I needed, but the whole recipe came out perfect! I will definitely make this again!
This is yummy. The changes I made were: Used only 1/4 cup of butter because that's all I had; mixing/cooking the popcorn in a huge bowl because I had no paper bags and I added some chocolate chips because I'm a chocolate fiend. I followed everything else to the letter and it came out great! :)
DING DING DING!!! WINNER, WINNER, I COULD EAT THIS FOR DINNER!!! This is an EXCELLENT recipe for caramel corn. I popped a heaping 1/2 cup of popcorn in 1/4 cup oil. The only change I made was to use butter in place of margarine. This was so easy and so good. I made two batches in one weeked. One batch basically fills a gallon zip lock bag. We took ours to the circus and it was the perfect treat!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, SUBGIRL!!
This was so easy and tasty! I usually spend tons of money around the holidays buying those big metal tubs of popcorn, only to eat the caramel corn. No more of those! I needed something quick and yummy to take to our bible study tonight and this is going to be great. Only took me a half hour to make two batches and it's all ingredients I have around the house! Thank you!
soooooo yummy! I added 1 cup chopped almonds and 1 cup coconut
I must have done something wrong. The taste of the caramel was very good but I had a really hard time getting the popcorn coated. The paper bag didn't work well for me. Most of the popcorn stuck together in small balls and every now and then you will get a huge piece of hard caramel (not that that is a bad thing really.) We'd have huge dentist bills if we ate this that often. Thanks!
Maybe I'm just used to how it comes out when you put it in the oven and make caramel corn the "old fashioned way", because this kind, just isn't great. I wanted something sweet and quick for the kids and this fit the bill, but the recipe didn't make it to the recipe box. Next time I'll candy my popcorn the way I popped it-- without the microwave. BTW 4 quarts popped corn is about 1 C Kernels
I substituted the margarine for extra virgin coconut oil. It added extra flavor -SO good! I also took the advise about the reduced cooking time. It "carmeled" up perfectly - delicious! It's cooling now and I can't stop eating it!
OMG!! Read this recipe 30 minutes ago, went to the kitchen, and to my suprise I had all the goods needed. It took literally minutes to make this delicious popcorn and to top it off, I have only 1 bowl to clean! Whoo, hoo!
This is a great recipe. I used butter instead of margarine and instead of using paper bags, I used a large Tupperware bowl. I poured the carmel mixture over the popcorn and then put the lid on the bowl. I left one side one side alittle open so the heat can come out. Shake the bowl until all the popcorn is covered with mixture. I then put the popcorn on a cookie sheet to harden up.
I made this with pretzels because I had a bunch leftover. Mmmm these are good. But, if pretzels are used, omit the salt. I forgot the pretzels already had salt on them. But, still good. Great recipe!
5 stars if you use Honey!! I tried both ways... and substituting honey for Corn Syrup is way BETTER:D
This is the best caramel corn popcorn ever!!! The popcorn is never sticky like a baked caramel corn. It practically melts in your mouth! I have been making this recipe for years. It is always the rave. I use even more popped popcorn. At least 6 quarts and every piece is covered. Be sure to shake vigorously after each microwaving. This cools and dries very quickly and there is little to no time before it can be served.
While it was yummy it never fully set. I made this twice and the first batch was exactly as the directions said and the sugar mixture never reached the right point (or even boiling) to caramelize properly. The second time I increased the initial cook time by 1 1/2 minutes, no change. It still did not set. I got the best results making the sugar mix on the stove and then transferring to a paper bag for coating. (Which spraying the inside of the bag with cooking oil helps a lot!)
This was awesome. I also used a bag of microwave popcorn and cut the caramel mix in half. It worked great. I found it didn't need as long in the microwave as the recipe stated, but that's not unusual, different microwaves mean different times/temperatures. Just keep an eye on it. I'll definitely be making this again! Thank you for the great recipe!
Delicious and so quick and easy. You can subsitute the corn syrup for real maple syrup to make it healthier and give it a richer tatse.
I did a half batch, so I shortened the cooking time. I microwaved it for 1 1/2 minutes then stirred the caramel mixture, then cooked it for an additional minute. Then I just poured it over the popcorn in a bowl and stirred it to coat (using greased hands once it had cooled a bit). It was crunchy enough for me at this point, so I didn't cook it any more. Yummy.
I make this pretty much every evening. I use the small 100 calorie bags of popcorn and 1 tbl. of butter. I don't wait for it to cool....I eat it hot out of the bowl!
LOVE this recipe, it's so quick and easy. After 4-5 times making it, I made a few changes: I used salted butter instead of margarine. I used 2 bags Orville Redenbacher Light popcorn. One minute instead of 1 mins 10 secs. After removing popcorn and shaking bag, I zap it another 30 secs-1 min for added crunch. SUPER!!! My first time making caramel corn-- my hubby and I ate a whole batch on Super Bowl Sunday, it's hard not to!
this is what I grew up making. One recipe is sufficient for one air popper full of popcorn. I believe there is plenty in a half a recipe for one air popper full - that's how we make it.
I have been making this popcorn for years! It is like Fiddle Faddle. I add a can of nuts to it the last time I shake it up! I made 4 batches at once and gave it away as christmas gifts!
This caramel corn is so easy to make and is super delicious and addicting. I made it for the first time and took it to work for a potluck. Everyone wanted the recipe and couldn't believe it was made in the microwave. ***One little hint though--be sure to stir the baking soda into the corn syrup mixture really well. This will help coat the popcorn alot better.
This recipe is great for simple, easy, and tasty! This turns out just like the microwave caramel corn you can buy. The second time I made this I didn't have the paper bag, so I put another bowl on top and was able to distribute the caramel on even better than with the paper bag. The first time I made this, I used twice the amount of popcorn and it was nice with just a light taste of the caramel. This is my favorite recipe for a simple and quick way to make caramel popcorn. It will turn out gooey if you don't lay it out after shaking it at the end. ENJOY!
Wow, this is one of the best recipes I have ever found on here. AMAZING! I also used honey instead of corn syrup.
Awesome! The only thing I would leave out is the vanilla,that's just my preference in taste.
This was really good and QUICK!! I halfed the recipe. I used one bag of microwaveable popcorn (with butter in it already). I mixed everything together in the bowl and then added the popcorn to it and just stirred it up. I also didn't cook as long each time. I just watched it but I did make sure that the butter mixture was bubbling in the microwave before adding the baking soda and popcorn. It turned out really good; just enough for two people. Excellent and easy!!! will use again.
Used two bags of microwave popcorn. Very good and easy! Used the same paper bag for 4 batches.
So good and so easy! I have never had consistant good results making caramel popcorn and this recipe is fool-proof! It reminds me of the microwave caramel popcorn I was able to buy back in the '80's. This is my caramel popcorn recipe forever!
I had this recipe over 15 years ago and lost it. So nice to have it back. It is a great recipe. Important to have a large glass bowl in microwave so it will not bowl over. Once it cools off, it is nice and wonderful caramel. Great finding this receipe again. Judyanne.
In a word...YUM!!!!!! This was so quick, easy and delicious! I make a regular batch to test and it was so good that I'm making several batches to hand out in goodie bags as favors for my Bunko Christmas Party this week. Just to dress it up a bit, I will drizzle it with melted chocolate just after it sets. Also, I used a Silpat mat rather than wax paper and it worked out GREAT!!!
Thank you this was fast, easy and delicious. My kids loved it. I just microwaved 1/2 cup of popcorn in a brown bag, took unpopped popcorns out. I didn't have corn syrup so I just substitute it with white sugar with dash of water but I got scared of sugar content while making, so I halved the brown sugar and used 2 T of margarine, filled rest of 1/2 C with light vanilla yogurt. It worked for us for now but next time, I might use 3/4 C brown sugar and see how it'll turn out.
This is AMAZING and so easy! Spraying the inside of the bag was such a great idea. Also, I didn't have light corn syrup so I used my dark corn syrup and it came out perfect!
I have been using a very similiar recipe for years, my only tip is to watch cooking times. It will vary with different wattage microwaves. This is a fast recipe and comes out with perfectly coated pieces every time! I have used it for bake sales and preteen sleepovers with great success!
This is very bad but only for the figure! I made it and it turned out very yummy. I just used a bowl for mixing. Did not want to go the paper bag route. Next time I will only microwave it for 1 minute each time after adding the syrup. I made the syrup as per recipe. I will certainly make it again.
YUM! Too bad for the diets here. We will treat ourselves often as this is so easy to make. Make sure you don't dump the caramel all in the middle of the popcorn in the bag. You have to get a big rubber spatula in the bag and stir it well to distribute the caramel or it will burn in the middle. After the 1 1/2 minutes stir it with the spatula again to mix it all well. Just shaking the back leaves it in clumps and it will burn. Love the simple way of doing this.
1)microwave cooking time is way to long 2)do not atempt to heat back up in the bag , unless you want a messy burnt mess! Just mix in bowl then then spead on foil. 3) On a positive note it really did turn to a very tasty carmel. (before the yucky mess ) I will try again !
This tastes good and is fun to make! My son and I make it together. The coating isn't quite as even as when baked in the oven, but a small price to pay for the time savings.
I have making a recipe almost like this for over 30 years. Always spray Pam inside of the bag and add vanilla after microwaving the butter/ sugar mixture. I also transfer popped popcorn to a Tupperware bowl with a mesh lid and "shake" out unpopped kernels and then to a brown paper bag.
Awesome!!!! Sooo much faster and easier than the traditional (baked) version! Kids loved it, I loved it, hubby loved it...we are all happy campers. Next time may add peanuts during the microwave process..great quick and easy gift too...just put it in some tins! Thankx for sharing!
EASY ,QUICK AND DELISH!! I used Skinny Pop. Pre-popped corn 10 oz bag. Added a little coconut and pecans and then for the finally I melted dk choc mixed w a bit of coconut oil and drizzled over the top. YUMMY!!
I made a half batch. I cooked the syrup for 1 minute, stirred, then three 30 second rounds, stirring between each round. I then added the vanilla extract and baking soda, heated it another 30 seconds and then added that to the popcorn. I only heated it an additional minute in the bag and it came out so light and crispy! My son (who never stops moving) actually sat down next to the bowl, stuffing his mouth. When I asked him if it was good, all he could do was mumbled "Mmmm-hmm!" through a mouthful. Great alternative to butter and salt!
Fantastic! Best and easiest caramel popcorn recipe ever! My family keeps begging me to make it again and again!
This is so easy and yummy! I used 12 cups of popcorn and added a heaping cup of cashews and it was still plenty of caramel. Love it!
So super-easy to make and so very delicious. The only thing I can recommend is to make it on a low-humidity day. Mine was slightly sticky as there are storms moving in and the humidity is as high as the temp today.
Don't make this! It is TOO good, and TOO easy! The hardest thing about it for me was finding a paper bag (since all the grocery stores are now using plastic!) Enjoy!
Who knew caramel popcorn could be this easy! I used REAL butter instead of margarine, plus microwaved Extra-butter Popcorn and omitted the salt. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly and it came out great. Make sure you pour it out of the bag and spread it out asap or it will harden in a big chunk. But even then it would be delicious. :)
I love caramel popcorn and I think this is delicous. After a couple of times making it, I just started guesstimating the amounts of ingredients. Love this for a late snack and I will make again.
A huge hit with kids! I made this 2 days in a row for a bake sale. Each time it sold out almost immediately with people requesting it the following days of the bake sale. Super easy and yummy! 1 batch will give you about 6 sandwich sized bags full of popcorn. I read over all the recommendations and made the following helpful adjustments that others did: *Popped the popcorn and then put in to a different bowl to remove all the unpopped kernels. *Sprayed the inside of the brown bag with a bit of cooking spray. *Waited until the caramel was made before I put the popcorn in the bag. *I've tried both light and dark brown sugar. Only the color intensity changes. I think I prefer the light brown sugar. It makes the popcorn look fluffier...which I am sure is just my imagination...but I like the looks of it better. *Adding the baking soda at the end of microwaving the caramel is ESSENTIAL! The consistency is completely different without it. If you don't have it, just wait to make this until you have it. You need it! *Decreased the amount of cooking time in the microwave to 1 minute on each side. If you like chewy caramel corn (rather than crisp, crunchy) then decrease the microwave time a bit. This step is also essential. I forgot it with one batch and had gooey, stick-to-your-teeth caramel corn. *I sprayed the wax paper with a SUPER LIGHT AMOUNT of cooking spray. This kept me from eating wax paper when I removed the cooled popcorn.
Fun and easy! (I traded the margarine for butter--because, well, butter always tatstes better to me, especially when mixed with sugar--and it was inhaled by myself and three others within a half hour.
I used butter popcorn, not a good idea. I'll use plain popcorn next time. I also like my popcorn chewier so I'll heat less next time also.
Easy and very yummy! I've never seen popcorn go so fast before! It was so good that I made it for my five-year-olds birthday party (a candy buffet) and was disappointed that there was very little left for me to much on!
The BEST EVER! I'm a huge fan of caramel popcorn. During the Holidays I will drive 40 minutes to a small shop that sells fresh caramel popcorn without the nuts. I hate the nuts! I have tried to replicate this recipe myself many many times, it's hit and miss alot. This recipe was so simple, I will never go back to the oven method. I followed the directions exactly (4 quarts is 16 cups, or two standard sized bags of that Famous'O' man) I didnt have baking soda, so I used a teaspoon of baking powder. It it perfect! Also, our microwave is small, so instead of one large bag we split it and put a bag of popcorn in a lunch sized brown bag (double bagged it) and the second bag, in a second brown bag. You just split the liquid in half, and dispense evenly. Perfect! It set up in less than 10 minutes! What a great, easy, fun snack.
This is so tasty but very addictive. I was making it like crazy several months ago when I first came across this recipe. Had to give it up for awhile. I was a caramel corn junkie. You have been warned!
Oh My Gosh! Too see my secrect popcorn recipe on the web! ~I have been making this popcorn for years! And have not told a sole! Everyone wants my popcorn for Christmas. My kids say it's not Christmas till Mom makes popcorn! The olny thing I do diffrent is I make the caramel on the stove. I just cook till the soft ball stage. Enjoy this popcorn it is fast easy and yummy!!!!
This was very easy and tasted quite good. I was wondering if the microwave would make it chewey or tough like micros do to some foods, but it was really good. Will use again for movie night with my kids.
5 Stars for Simplicity!!!!!!!! Tastes Great!! Thanks so much for this quick yummy treat.
I was in the middle of a late night, bunny slippered must have crunchy / salty / sweet / chewy super craving fit. I tried this recipe because I just happened to have all the ingredients. Who knew that I was soon to be in snack heaven? Dinosaurs walked the earth when my microwave was born so I actually upped all the times. Ok, that’s not quite true. I didn’t up the times when the popcorn was supposed to be in the paper bag. That’s because I didn’t use a paper bag. After I put in the baking soda I tasted it and said, good enough, mixed things together as well as I could in a large bowl and ate it. Remember, this was an EMERGENCY! I figured it was late enough that the popcorn police wouldn’t catch me. Turns out that the unmixed globs of caramel at the bottom were some of favorite bits. This stuff is wow.
Good stuff! it's light, not too sweet, and tastes terrific. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
1/2 cup unpopped kernels equals 4 quarts of popcorn in my air popper. I've used this recipe for YEARS. Everyone who has had it begs me to make it. Adding peanuts ups the ante to deliciousness. I've also drizzled chocolate over it with success. 1 c chocolate chips and 1T shortening microwaved at 30 second increments until melted. Drizzle over the popcorn (on a cookie sheet) and allow to cool. I've done peanuts AND chocolate with this recipe. Divine.
This recipe was easy, tasty, and fun (would be great to do with kids). The batter is so tasty, I'm considering using it as a fruit dip.
The first time I made this, I forgot the butter. So the second time I made it, I remembered it, but it was better without the butter! It seemed like the butter made it too mushy. Of course it tasted good, so I ate it anyway, but I think next time I will cut way back on the butter.
I made this as part of a Valentine's Day goodies giftset. Easy and great results!!! It's hard to know just when the caramel sauce is ready b/c of the microwave prep. I keep forgetting to add the baking soda, but it came out well. Make sure u use a large enuff container for the caramel sauce b/c it will overflow. I added a cup of raw almonds and doubled the caramel sauce. Use the garbage bag... the batch I made by stirring wasn't nearly as impressive. A smidge more salt or salted nuts would be a nice improvement for my recipe. I used a natural plain microwave popcorn instead of air popped as directed.
This is so easy and tastes wonderful! It is terribly hard to stop eating once you start though!
This was sooo good! I took it to a baby shower and had several people ask for the recipe. I only had dark corn syrup and it worked just fine. I look forward to adding the chocolate chips next time. The idea to put it in a bowl and then transfer it to get the unpopped kernels out easier was a great idea. Thanks for sharing this!
I have made caramel popcorn the traditional way with great results but decided to try this recipe to save some time. Some microwaves have more power than others and I believe mine is really powerful because I felt like my caramel was ready after 3 minutes. Unfortunately I followed the directions and cooked it for the additional 1 1/2 minutes, even though I was pretty sure that it was overcooked. I nuked the coated popcorn for 20 seconds, twice. My popcorn was the color of Cracker Jacks but was not as tasty. I ate some of it but not the rest. I will make this again but use common sense as to when the caramel is ready.
didn't use paper bag, just spread popcorn in a 9x13 pan, let sit in oven at 225 while caramel was being made, poured, let sit in oven and stirred every 15-20 mins
Add salted peanuts when you put popcorn in bag and you have Cracker Jacks, great
This is heavenly! I did not have a paper bag so put it in a huge bowl and poured the carmel over top and mixed. I microwaved it in the bowl, too and smiply stirred it in the bowl and did not cool on wax paper. Much easier this way. Be sure to shake out all the unpopped kernals before you add the carmel. Wonderful!
Great recipe! I did make the caramel on the stove-top while I was popping the popcorn in a brown bag in the microwave. Then I added the caramel and microwaved it for the time the recipe says. It turned out so yummy, my hubby and I can't stop eating it!
This recipe is great! You can make carmel popcorn in just minutes! I love that it's made in a paperbag, so clean up is a snap! YUM
This is THE BEST caramel popcorn ever!! I actually forgot the baking soda and it still came out perfect. My husband told me to take it away from him, he couldn't stop eating it......We love it!
Every time I make this recipe, it comes out differently! That's not to say it's bad. It just takes a bit of tweaking. For instance, you could halve the recipe and have enough for the same amount of popcorn. Also, cut the microwave time down when you put the syrup over the popcorn in the bag, 45 seconds each side. Also, I think microwave popcorn without extra flavoring worked the best. I still use this recipe though. The taste is great, and the treat is quick to make!
So easy and SO GOOD! Makes a lot of caramel corn.
This was very good. I think with a few tweaks it could be excellent. First, use real butter. Next, don't add the vanilla until just before you add the soda--otherwise it cooks out. Also, next time I will use 1 tablespoon molasses and 3 tablespoons corn syrup for depth of flavor, as well as 1/4 teaspoon spices (ground cinnamon and cloves). Finally, I will cut back on the popcorn so that the popcorn is well covered.