Prep 8 mins
Cook 7 mins
Fast and easy and quite delicious, this is my daughter's favorite and a frequent request. Fortunately, I almost always have the ingredients in the pantry and it takes no time at all to throw together! We take this to every sort of kid-oriented activity for which we need to provide a treat. It makes a nice change from cookies and brownies and always disappears fast.
- 16 cups popped microwave popcorn (2 microwavable bags)
- 3⁄4 cup corn syrup (Karo or generic)
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pop the popcorn according to the instructions and empty into a large bowl (be sure to remove any unpopped kernels).
- Mix the corn syrup and brown sugar together in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on hight for 3 minutes.
- Stir butter and vanilla into the brown sugar/syrup mixture and stir until the butter is melted.
- Pour over the popcorn and stir until thoroughly coated.
- Spread on cookie sheets (greased or sprayed with cooking spray) and dry until desired hardness. (When hard, I break it up a little more as I put it into the serving bowl to make it truly bite sized.).
- Prep time includes time to pop popcorn (about 3 minute per bag -- I usually measure out everything else while the popcorn's popping). Cooking time includes mixing but does not include drying time; however, that will vary depending on how hard you want your popcorn. We have a tendency to eat it pretty much right away!
Love caramel popcorn, but don't like the fuss. Was given this recipe years ago. It is a favorite.
I made this last weekend and it was a great hit with both adults and children. I made it with the light corn syrup and loved it, but next time I'm going to try it with the dark corn syrup to see which we like the best. I used the popcorn with light butter.
What a perfect snack! Easy to make, had the ingredients on hand, quick and, most importantly, delicious!! I made it for my DH and I last night when we were both craving something sweet. I used only 1 bag of microwavable Movie Theater Butter flavored popcorn and halved the recipe and it turned out great. The caramel did stick to our teeth at first, but not too badly. I found that if you let it sit for at least 30 minutes, it "crisps" up and the stickiness goes away, but we just couldn't wait that long! I would say that the flavor is more like butter toffee than caramel, but still REALLY good! This is a keeper and a great go-to recipe for a quick and sweet snack.