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Microwave Caramel Popcorn
February 21, 2010

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!

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