This is quick, easy and tastes great! I like that it uses 1 micro. bag because that's what I usually have on hand. There was plenty of caramel to coat all the corn evenly and it crisped up nicely. One warning, know your microwave. Mine seems pretty powerful, so I used the lowest of the times listed. I almost, but not quite, burnt it in the last step. Store in an airtight container?!? Ha, there won't be any left!
My family loved this popcorn! I made as Christmas gifts, packaged in 1 qt Zip-Lock bags, adding Christmas stickers to the bag. For mailing packages, I used the popcorn bags as extra padding for the other gifts, and made sure every person had their own bag of this yummy, crunchy, goodness! I made several notes to myself that you might find helpful, too. *One batch is not going to be enough! Don't worry about washing the bowls or the popcorn pot - just keep using to repeat the process. Be sure you have stocked up on the ingredients so you can make more. *I like to make popcorn on top of the stove in my big dutch oven with butter-flavored popcorn + 1/2 cup kernels. This quantity worked well for me. *Add a healthy "pinch" of Kosher salt when adding the baking soda for a salty/sweet combo. *Beware of the very hot sugar and handle with care. Use potholders when moving bowl into & out of the microwave, onto the parchment paper, etc., especially if your microwave is located high above your head like mine. *2 ft. x 15 in. piece of parchment paper, sprayed lightly with Pam, was the perfect amount of space to spread the candied corn to cool in a single layer. This piece of parchment can be used for multiple batches, too. *Stirring with a heat-resistant spatula worked well at getting every bit of caramel from the bottom of the bowl onto all of the kernels, plus the caramel didn't stick to the spatula. Now . . . I need to make a batch for myself!
Wooohoo!! Fun, fast and delicious! I just made homemade microwave popcorn (1/3 cup popcorn in a paper bag) and 1/3 cup Spanish peanuts and it worked like a charm, just the right amounts. I love the suggestion from another reviewer who makes this for Christmas gifts for neighbors, great idea. Thanks for sharing this keeper recipe.
Super easy to make, without making a mess like other recipes. If you have a new microwave cut the time in half and you get better results. Great taste!
So easy and yummy! Followed the recipe exactly, only changed the last cooking time step. My microwave is 1100 watts, so I would micro for 40 second intervals, then stir. Only took me about 90 seconds to see that my caramel would get the right "crunch". Very easy!
I make this all the time it is soooo easy, made in minutes. Hubby loves it!! I make 2 batches at a time. Microwave the sugar, butter and syrup for about 5 1/2 minutes. I don't microwave again after adding caramel to popcorn. I just add the vanilla and baking soda pour over popcorn and spread in a sheet cake pan...and poof all gone in minutes.
Was delicious. Used agave nectar instead of corn syrup. Added salt. The salt rocked. Thank you!
delicious... a tip: don't touch the caramel with your fingers when you are mixing the popcorn into it. ouch. also, i needed 2 bags of microwave popcorn to come up with 2 quarts. i also have a high-powered microwave, so 4 mins making the caramel, then after the popcorn/nuts were added i started with 1 and a half mins, stirred, 30 more seconds, stirred, and then a final 30 seconds, and stirred one more time. awesome recipe!
After making this I can well understand all the excellent ratings. I used leftover movie popcorn and add in about 1/4 to 1/3 cup peanuts. The popcorn was gradually added and I had no problems coating it. This will be my go to recipe for caramel corn. Thanks much for a wonderful recipe.
Wow. This is so yummy! Melt caramel one minute at a time. Mine overboiled in the microwave. Delish--thanks!