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    Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

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    15 mins

    8 mins

    7 mins

    GSCook's Note:

    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.

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    Serves: 6-8


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    1. 1
      Pop the popcorn according to the instructions and empty into a large bowl (be sure to remove any unpopped kernels).
    2. 2
      Mix the corn syrup and brown sugar together in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on hight for 3 minutes.
    3. 3
      Stir butter and vanilla into the brown sugar/syrup mixture and stir until the butter is melted.
    4. 4
      Pour over the popcorn and stir until thoroughly coated.
    5. 5
      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.).
    6. 6
      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!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 15, 2010


      Love caramel popcorn, but don't like the fuss. Was given this recipe years ago. It is a favorite.

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    • on October 12, 2009

      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.

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    • on August 30, 2009


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

    Serving Size: 1 (76 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 364.6
    Calories from Fat 43
    Total Fat 4.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 10.1 mg
    Sodium 44.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 81.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 45.7 g
    Protein 2.8 g

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