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Microwave Caramel Corn is crunchy, simple and requires ZERO baking.  Ready in 10 minutes and tastes amazing!  Your new favorite popcorn!


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Microwave Caramel Corn is officially your new favorite go to caramel corn.

One of my greatest weaknesses in life is caramel corn.

I cannot resist caramel corn.


Microwave Caramel Corn - all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl before microwaving


Now if we are being honest, my biggest weakness is gooey caramel corn.

Holy Guacamole I can feel a cavity coming on right now just thinking about it.

However, the norm, in terms of caramel corn, is crunchy caramel corn.

It’s also the preference of my husband too.


Microwave Caramel Corn - white popcorn in paper bag


Because of this, every year I make stove top caramel corn and bake it and of course sneak a few pieces every time I stir it because I just can’t wait.

A while ago I was introduced to microwave caramel corn, and now my whole world has changed.

Microwave Caramel Corn takes less than 10 minutes to make, requires ZERO baking and tastes great.

It’s also crunchy.


Microwave Caramel Corn - caramel after cooking it in microwave


Now that is my kind of caramel corn!

This is the “hurry and make popcorn” for movie night kind of caramel corn.

This microwave caramel corn has been on my radar for some time.

However my microwave can’t be used and so I had to wait (and remember) to make it at my in-laws.


Microwave Caramel Corn - caramel poured on popcorn in paper bag


My microwave is a mini version of a microwave called a half pint and is no longer sold in stores.

It was small, didn’t take up a ton of counter space and you could still fit a dinner plate inside.

A dinner plate yes, a grocery store brown paper bag, no.

So once I finally remembered to make this, I headed over to my in-laws, stole their kitchen (not unusual) and made gobs of popcorn.

Recipes take tasting and testing and, really, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.


Microwave Caramel Corn - final product of caramel corn in a basket waiting to be eaten.


I’m glad I have them on my side to always tell me their honest opinions about everything I make and then to brain storm with on how to improve it.

This Microwave Caramel Corn turned out to be simple, easy and delicious.

Just make sure that your brown paper bag doesn’t have any holes in the bottom before you start, or you’ll have a sticky mess to deal with!


Yield: 4 Quarts Popcorn

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Microwave Caramel Corn - Holding up a hunk of caramel corn

Microwave Caramel Corn is crunchy, simple and requires ZERO baking. Ready in 10 minutes and tastes amazing! Your new favorite popcorn!

Cook Time 8 minutes
Inactive Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 bags white popcorn
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 grocery store brown paper bag


  1. Pop popcorn, remove seeds and place in a large store sized paper bag. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and salt.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir.
  4. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir.
  5. Add vanilla and baking soda and stir well.
  6. Pour over popcorn in brown paper bag. Roll shut and shake well.
  7. Place paper bag with popcorn in it into the microwave and cook on high for 1 1/2 minutes.
  8. Remove from microwave and shake well.
  9. Pour onto a jelly roll cookie sheet and spread out. Allow to cool and eat immediately!
Originally Posted: November 18, 2016

Reposted: December 22, 2017

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Friday 26th of October 2018

Would this recipe be suitable to cool and bag in cellophane food bags for gift giving or does it need to be eaten immediately? Thank you! Love your blog.


Monday 24th of August 2020

You can definitely pass this along as a gift and be eaten later! Great idea Mary!


Monday 5th of December 2016

I would suggest putting the Carmel corn in large bowl after shaking it then microwave. I put bag in microwave with popcorn and it started on fire.


Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Hi Linda! I've never heard of a bag catching fire. I suggest just rolling the bag tightly. If you do a bowl, just make sure to cover your bowl with a paper towel or something first. Enjoy!

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