Homesnacks Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn – Less than 30 Minutes To Make

Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn – Less than 30 Minutes To Make

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I am not a fan of using the microwave to cook food. Maybe I just have not learned properly? But, my food comes out tough and dry. So, my microwave is used to melt butter, warm up food, and “sometimes” defrosting ground beef when it is an emergency.

As I was going through my old recipes, I found this recipe, Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn, that I had completely forgot about! My dad brought this home from work years ago. He has been retired since he was in his early 50s and now he is 83. So, the recipe is at lease 30 years old, which means it must have been right around the time when microwaves were first getting popular. I can’t believe I am that old!

Someone at my dad’s work brought the popcorn to share and my dad raved about it. He got the recipe from that person and brought it to “me”. I’m not sure why he gave it to me rather than my mom because I did not do any cooking back then. Maybe it was because the microwave was new technology and he thought I would do better than my mom? Anyway, I remember how easy it was to make and it turned out so good that my dad had me make it over and over.

This week I decided to make the recipe again and see how it fared in a newer model of a microwave. It still did a great job and my kids have been eating a lot of it! I kept back a bag to surprise my dad with and will give it to him today.

If you like caramel popcorn, you will have to try this recipe. It is so easy, and the popcorn does not have the “microwave” taste or toughness to it. If I had not of made it, I would not have known it was made in the microwave.

Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn


  • 1 cup un-popped popcorn
  • Large brown paper sack
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup brown sugar – packed
  • 1/4 cup white Karo corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Pop popcorn kernels. You can do this with any type of popcorn popper. I use an old Genuine Whirley Pop that my daughter found in a yard sale. Depending on the type of popper you have and how much it holds, you may have to make several batches to get the whole cup of popcorn popped. Put popped popcorn into the brown paper sack. It should fill about 1/2 full or slightly more.
  2. In a microwave bowl, preferably with a pouring spout, put in butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
  3. Put in microwave on high for 1 minute. Take out and stir ingredients till butter is melted and all ingredients is incorporated.
  4. Put back into the microwave for 2 minutes. Mixture should be boiling at this point. Take out and stir in baking soda. Mix well. This will cause a foaming action. Pour mixture over the popcorn in the paper sack. Fold over the top of the sack but leave enough room in the bag for the popcorn to move around when shaking the bag. Now shake the bag well!
  5. Put the bag of popcorn in the microwave and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.
  6. Remove and shake well.
  7. Put back in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and shake well.
  8. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and shake well.
  9. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and shake well.
  10. Pour popcorn out of bag onto a clean dry counter or a very large cookie sheet to dry.
  11. Let popcorn dry for at least 15 minutes.
  12. Store in an air tight container.

Place popped popcorn into a paper sack.

Ingredients melted in microwave for 1 minute and stirred well.

Mixture will come to a boil after 2 minutes.










Mixture will be foamy after adding baking soda.

Pour mixture over popcorn in paper sack.

Fold down top of sack and SHAKE!



Make sure you shake the popcorn in the bag!  Notice the picture on the bottom left.  I did not shake the bag enough and the popcorn had dark and light coatings.  The picture on the right was shaken a lot more and it was more consistent in it’s coating.

Not shaken enough.

Popcorn has been shaken properly and is consistently coated.


The syrup mixture and the popcorn is very hot! Be careful when handling.

Other recipes to try:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Tiramisu Poke Cake


Caramel corn is a great snack to make and eat. Have you ever made it in a microwave before? Is this something you would try? Under the comment section below, leave me your answers to these questions as well as any other comments, suggestions and questions.

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