Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

An easy way to make good sticky caramel popcorn. My family eats this often and it's a big hit around the holidays.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 14 cup light Karo syrup (add a bit more if you like your caramel to stay sticky after it cools)
  • 14 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 cups air popped popcorn (I don't recommend microwave popcorn or popcorn with butter and salt)


  1. Pop popcorn and set aside in large bowl. You may want to adjust popcorn depending on the amount of caramel you want on your popcorn.
  2. Place butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Place in microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes. Stir thoroughly until butter is completely mixed. Heat on high for an additional 2 1/2 minutes.
  4. Remove from microwave and add baking soda and vanilla extract; stir until the mixture becomes somewhat fluffy. Be careful -- it's hot!
  5. Pour over air popped popcorn. Toss popcorn to coat.
  6. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

5 5

A very simple and very sticky way to get a sweet fix.
My DD loved this, DS not so keen as it made his hands sticky (??).
A real kid pleaser...if they're not as freaky as my boy!!
Made for PAC Oct 2012.