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Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

This homemade Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn recipe is so addicting. It tastes like kettle corn and it only takes a few minutes to make.
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword Dessert, popcorn, Snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 105kcal


  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup dark or light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Pop the popcorn on the stove. Then spray a large glass bowl with vegetable oil. Measure and place cooked popcorn in the prepared bowl.
  • Place butter in a large glass pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave for about a minute. Make sure to watch the butter, so it doesn't overflow.
  • Mix corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt into the melted butter.
  • Microwave on high and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring every 1 ½ minutes. Watch carefully so that it doesn't boil over the edges of the pyrex.
  • Once the caramel mixture is cooked, immediately add baking soda and vanilla, stir well. The mixture will foam up, but keep stirring.
  • Pour caramel over the popcorn and gently stir with a spoon.
  • I add the caramel mixture in stages and stir after each addition. Remove popcorn kernels by transferring the popcorn to another glass bowl. This is an optional step.
  • Microwave the popcorn mixture for 1 minute. Stir popcorn and cook for another 15-30 seconds if it needs the extra time. I have a high-powered microwave, and so my popcorn was done in 1 minute. Be careful not to overcook and burn the popcorn.
  • Remove popcorn from the bowl, and spread on parchment paper. Break up clumps of popcorn if you like.


Serving: 1servings | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 32g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 150mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg