Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

5-Minute Easy Microwave Caramel Corn will be on everyone’s list this Christmas! It’s perfect for neighbor gifts and munching on during holiday movies!
Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite! Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

Soft Caramel Corn is maybe the best part of the holiday season.  And this Easy Microwave Caramel Corn recipe only takes 5 minutes and is so good you won’t stop making it!  Trust me, I made it 3 times in the same week!  So I knew I needed to share it on the blog after making it that much.

Keeping it in the Family

I grew up eating caramel corn during the Christmas season, but my mother never had a recipe for it.  She just sort of cooked it for however long she wanted and sometimes is was incredible and sometimes we just pretended it was incredible 🙂  (Sorry Mom!) So I really wanted to find a recipe for a soft version that I could make over and over again and have it be perfect every time.  But I also know the hassles of candy thermometers, not everyone has one and sometimes I can’t even find my own.  So I found this recipe made in the microwave! Magic! The first time I made it according to the directions mine turned out rock solid, so I changed it up a bit to make it softer.

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite! Easy Microwave Caramel Corn for Christmas

Doesn’t it just look perfect?  It tastes even better, I promise.  It’s so fun to make a big batch and give to friends or watch Christmas movies and nibble on it.

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

You can use an air popper to pop my corn because I like starting with a blank slate and it’s how my mother did it.  But you can pop 2 bags of regular microwave popcorn instead if you want!  Just omit the salt in the recipe!

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

Put your ingredients in something that will be microwave proof.  You don’t want your bowl or whatever to get screeching hot when its in there.  I love using Pyrex measuring cups or bowls because they’re always safe to use with the heat.  And remember, the caramel sauce will bubble up so don’t use a bowl thats too small!

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

The first little zap in the microwave is just to get everything melted together, so stir well!

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

The bubbles… it’s like a hot tub from candy heaven.

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

After you add the baking soda it will fizz up some more and then turn this golden color.

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

Pour and just keep stirring until it’s all coated!

Easy Caramel Corn in the Microwave! It's the soft kind, my favorite!

Yup, it’s that easy! Enjoy my Easy Microwave Caramel Corn recipe this Christmas!

Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

Ingredients

12 C. popped popcorn (1/2 C. unpopped kernels)
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. white Karo syrup
1/2 C. butter
1/2 tsp. salt (if you use microwave popcorn, then omit this salt)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions

1. Pop your popcorn kernels (or pop 2 microwave bags of popcorn) and place in a large bowl.
2. In a microwave proof bowl, I prefer Pyrex bowls, place your brown sugar, Karo syrup, butter and salt. Make sure your bowl have room for the mixture to triple in size because it will bubble up.
2. Microwave for 45 seconds, then remove and stir. This just gets the butter melted and everything combined.
3. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, remove and stir.
4. Microwave for an additional 1 minute and 30 seconds and stir again.
5. Add vanilla extract and baking soda and stir until it stops fizzing and bubbling.
6. Pour over popcorn and gently fold until well coated. Let cool in bowl or on parchments paper. Enjoy!
NOTE: Every microwave is a little different. After your popcorn cools, determine if you want the caramel a little softer (less microwave time) or a little harder (more microwave time). This way, the next time you make it, your can perfect this recipe for your specific microwave!

Adapted from Our Best Bites! When I cooked mine as long as their recipe said mine turned rock solid, I like a soft caramel corn.

10 thoughts on “Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

  1. 1
    Mary says:

    Looks amazing – thanks Lizzy!!
    Mary

  2. 2

    this caramel corn sis beautiful, every thing you make it, you do it easely Lizzy!

  3. 3
    Aurielle says:

    This looks amazing! I only have dark Karo. Can that be substituted, or does it need to be white? I want to make this so bad.

  4. 4
    carrie-rae says:

    would this last/stay fresh if it were wrapped or packaged for gifts? thanks!

  5. 5
    Tary says:

    Really liked this recipe. Thank you. This will be my “go-to” recipe from now on. I did happen to notice something…in your ingredient list you refer to “baking soda”, but in your instructions it says, “baking powder” (step 5). I assume you meant we should use the soda, as that is what most recipes call for with caramel corn, but I just about added the baking powder by mistake! Thought you might want to know!

  6. 6
    Chrysta K Johnson says:

    I made this exactly like the recipe and it turned out perfect. Only problem was I couldn’t wait for it to cool. SO GOOD. Thank you!

  7. 7
    Lorraine says:

    On your recipe instructions you have “baking powder.” I’m pretty sure you meant to write baking soda. The recipe sounds great. We are going to try it.

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