Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Microwave Caramel Corn RecipeIf you’re scrambling for a last minute gift, this microwave caramel corn is the answer! Not only is it the yummiest caramel corn I’ve ever tasted, making it is SO quick and easy that you can whip some up tonight and gift it tomorrow. I’ve given it to classroom teachers, Sunday School teachers, hair stylists, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. But I won’t make it for us because it’s so good I’d eat the whole batch myself.

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe in Pictures

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - IngredientsYou’ll need popped popcorn, light Karo syrup, butter the real stuff; not margarine, brown sugar, salt and baking soda.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Divide PopcornDivide the popcorn into two microwave safe bowls.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Make CaramelPut the butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup and salt into a microwave safe bowl.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - StirStir to break up the brown sugar.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Melt ButterMicrowave 2 1/2 minutes.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Stir CaramelThe butter should be melted, but the sugar may not be dissolved.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Stir and BoilStir to combine. Microwave another 30 seconds to bring the mixture to a boil.

If you have any kiddos helping, now’s the time to have them stand back and just watch. The caramel gets wicked hot and could cause nasty burns. Have them help again when it’s time to package the cooled caramel corn.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - BoilMicrowave to boil 3 more minutes.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Add Baking SodaStir in the baking soda.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - PourPour half the mixture over each bowl of popcorn.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Stir and CookNow it gets a little tricky… Stir one bowl of popcorn, then put it in the microwave and cook it for 1 minute. While the first bowl is cooking, stir the second bowl. When the first bowl is done, put the second in the microwave and cook it for 1 minute, stirring the first bowl while the second is cooking.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - Stir and Cook MoreContinue to alternate cooking/stirring bowls until each bowl has cooked 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 minutes.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - CoolCool. I spread the caramel corn on a pan so it cools more quickly.

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe - PackPut into pretty holiday containers for gifting – no wrapping required!

Microwave Caramel Corn – the Official Recipe

This recipe came from my Mom and has been a family favorite for years. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

 

Microwave Caramel Corn Ingredients

  • 16 C popped corn, divided
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 C light Karo syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Microwave Caramel Corn Directions

  1. Divide corn between 2 4qt microwave safe bowls.
  2. Mix brown sugar, butter, Karo syrup and salt in 2 1/2 qt microwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave 2 1/2 minutes. Stir
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil by microwaving 30 more seconds.
  5. Microwave 3 minutes. The mixture should be boiling these 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda.
  7. Immediately pour half the mixture over each bowl of popcorn.
  8. Stir the first bowl, then put in microwave and cook for 1 minute.
  9. While the first bowl is cooking, stir the second bowl, then put in the microwave and cook for 1 minute.
  10. Continue to alternate bowls; stirring one while the other is cooking, until both bowls have cooked for a total of 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 minutes. Don’t overcook or the caramel will burn.
  11. Cool, stirring frequently.

Let me know what you think, and who you gifted it to!

Amy Sue

One Comment

  1. I’ve got my newphew’s birthday tomorrow and he LOVES caramel popcorn (who doesn’t) so this recipe should hit the spot nicely

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