Microwave Caramel Corn

We made this with our mom quite a few times when we were little. It’s pretty fast and easy, but it doesn’t always get 100% crispy–sometimes it can be a little chewy, which some people enjoy. If you’re looking for totally crunchy caramel corn, try this recipe for Crunchy Classic Caramel Corn (but it does take much more time).

And luckily this one is naturally gluten free.

Microwave Caramel Corn

  • Servings: 8?
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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Very fast and easy (sometimes chewy).


  • 15 c. unsalted popped Popcorn (about 2 batches from popcorn blower)
  • 1 large Paper Bag
  • ½ c. Butter
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 c. White Corn Syrup
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda


Pop first batch of popcorn and place in paper bag (remove unpopped kernels). In large glass cup, microwave sugar, butter, and corn syrup for 1 ½ minutes to melt. Stir in baking soda. Pour ½ the liquid over popcorn. Close bag and shake. Pop second batch of popcorn and place in bag. Pour remaining liquid on top, then close bag and shake well. Microwave bag for 1 ½ minutes. Be careful not to overcook because it can burn. Shake bag again and cool before eating.



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