Quick and Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

If you love Caramel Corn half as much as me, you’re probably giddy right now. Caramel Corn that is quick?  Easy?  And you can make it in the MICROWAVE?  Yes.  Yes.  And Yes!  I could eat my weight in Caramel Corn.  (And that is part of the reason that my weight is what it is.  Which isn’t small.)   But who wants to labor over the hot stove for days cooking the caramel?  Not me.  When I discovered that I could make it in the microwave, I did a quadruple somersault.  And that’s quite a feat for a girl who has eaten her non-small weight in caramel corn.  You don’t believe that caramel corn can be quick, easy AND made in the microwave?  Let me prove it to ya.

First, pop 2 bags of microwave popcorn. (I was doing a double batch, so ignore the fact that there are more than 2 bags in this photo.)

Pour the popped popcorn into a new, clean brown paper grocery bag.

Now, grab a large microwave safe glass bowl or measuring cup.  Place one cup of brown sugar in the cup.

 Add 1 stick of butter, cut up, into the cup.

Then pour in 1/4 cup corn syrup, either light or dark.  I used dark this day.

**Here’s a tip for measuring corn syrup or anything sticky like that – spray the measuring cup with non-stick spray before pouring in your syrup.  This helps the syrup to slide right out of the cup without a sticky mess!

Add 1/2 tsp salt.

Now, pop this into the microwave for 3 minutes.  Carefully remove it from the microwave (the cup could be pretty hot!) and give it a good stir.

Stick it back in the  microwave for another 1-1/2 minutes.    Remove from the microwave and stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Give it a good stir.  It will bubble up and get all foamy looking.  This is good.

Now, pour this mixture over the popcorn in the paper bag.

Roll the top of the bag down to close the bag, and give it a shake, shake, shake. 

Shake, shake, shake.  Shake your booty.  Oh.  Sorry.  Back to the caramel corn.  Stick the bag into the microwave for one minute and ten seconds.  Remove, and shake, shake, sh…  Sorry.  Shake the bag good and put it back into the microwave for another one minute and ten seconds.  Remove from the microwave shake one more time.  Now, dump the caramel corn onto some waxed paper.

Let it cool, break it up and eat it up!  You could also package it up in clear bags with a pretty ribbon on top as give it as gifts to your neighbors, mailman, hairdresser, etc.  That is, of course, if you can keep from eating it all yourself!


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