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A close up of a bowl of microwave classic caramel popcorn

Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Making classic Caramel Corn is easier than you think! This Microwave Caramel Corn is ready in less than 10 minutes, no candy thermometer required!


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, air popped plain
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Air pop popcorn.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl combine sugar, vanilla, butter, baking soda, and corn syrup.
  3. Microwave for three minutes or until melted.
  4. Divide popcorn into two large bowls and pour half of the caramel over the popcorn in each bowl.
  5. Alternate microwaving popcorn one additional minute and stirring thoroughly until all of popcorn is coated-usually an additional two minutes.
  6. Spread caramel corn over wax paper or pan sprayed lightly with nonstick spray until candy is set.

Keywords: microwave caramel corn, caramel corn, caramel popcorn