Microwave Caramel Corn

Easy Caramel Corn
Diana Rattray
  • 12 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 4 Quarts

This microwave caramel corn is a snap to make — you'll have delicious candied corn in less than 10 minutes! 

The caramel mixture is cooked in the microwave and then the popped popcorn and caramel are combined and microwaved together. This microwave caramel corn is excellent for game day or movie night snacking.

See the reader comments for some helpful suggestions.

See Also
Baked Caramel Corn

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Stick (4 oz.) margarine or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 quarts of POPPED corn

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients except soda and popped corn in a 1 1/2 to 2-quart microwave safe bowl. Put in the microwave (100% power) and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in soda.
  2. Put the popped corn in a brown paper grocery bag and pour the syrup over the corn. Close the bag by rolling it down a couple times and SHAKE HARD. Cook in the bag in the microwave (100% power)  for 1 1/2 minutes.
  1. Remove and shake vigorously and cook in the microwave another 1½ minutes. Remove and shake again. microwave another 1 1/2 minutes.
  2. Shake when you remove it from the microwave and pour it on a large foil-lined baking sheet to cool.
  3. Store the caramel popcorn in an airtight container when cool.

NOTE: Don't leave a brown grocery bag in the microwave unattended. Sometimes they have small metallic particles in them and can catch on fire. Watch it throughout the cooking time.

This keeps well if in an airtight container, but won't last if you open it and take a nibble.
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Reader Comments and Suggestions

"This recipe is so easy and fast. I have made this recipe so many times, even aboard boats and it always turns out perfect. I always make several batches for parties and holidays and many people ask for the recipe after trying it. I have added mini-pretzels and nuts to the popcorn just before the last microwave cycle and it was a great addition also. I am not sure about doing this with kids because the caramel and the caramel corn is very hot when it is finished the last cycle, so care should be used to prevent burns. Also, I pour it out from the bag onto parchment or waxed paper to allow to cool. And while some caramel corn sticks to the inside of the bag, it is easy to scrape it out with a spatula or pancake turner." Sea Captain

"...It was easy and turned out great. I did alter the instructions a bit, I took the recipe to the place where you coat the popcorn but instead of placing it in a bag I spread it on cookie sheets and popped it into the oven at 250  F. Every 15 minutes for an hour I stirred it around on the cookie sheets then allowed it to cool off before bagging it in zip lock bags. Great recipe." Gram