Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

I don't know where my mom got this recipe but I still enjoy making it from time to time. It's great for making with the kids and tastes yummy too!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put popcorn into a large paper bag.
  2. Mix: brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, and salt in a 6 cup size microwaveable glass bowl. (I usually use my glass, 4 cup measuring cup).
  3. Put it in the microwave for 1-3 minutes until it bubbles.
  4. Take out and stir well.
  5. Microwave 3 more minutes, stirring mixture after EVERY MINUTE. Be careful it gets very hot at this point!
  6. Now add the baking soda and vanilla and stir well.
  7. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir well with a spoon.
  8. Roll the top of the bag and microwave for 1 minute. Remove the bag and shake the contents.
  9. Return bag to microwave for 1 more minute. Remove and shake again.
  10. Microwave 30 seconds more. Remove and shake.
  11. Let the popcorn cool on wax paper before eating.
  12. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

great recipe I make at Christmas and give as gifts. I use 1/2 cups Karo and omit the salt. and add a 30 second shake.

Pam 62 December 29, 2010

We made this in honor of National Popcorn day yesterday - what a treat! The caramel is thin, almost more of a toffee like glaze, than caramel. Not too sticky which was nice. Since my microwave is 1200wt, I reduced the microwaving time by about a quarter (for ex. did 45 seconds, instead of 1 minute) - the popcorn turned out nice and crisp and all pieces seemed to be very well covered using this method.

Brooke the Cook in WI January 20, 2010

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