Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn
Nothing makes a better holiday treat than buttery caramel popcorn. It is the perfect companion to hot chocolate and a good movie. Its crunch and saltiness make it addictive. And, thanks to the microwave, it’s easy enough to make throughout the holidays!
I love caramel corn. However, I am not crazy about waiting forever for it to dry out in the oven, or working with sugar syrup on a hot stove in the summertime. Yes, in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is in summer — despite all the images of snow and ice.
So, I needed to come up with a method that involved less heat, but still delivered great, flavour-packed, crunchy caramel popcorn. The microwave came to my rescue. Believe it or not, it is possible, and even easy, to make great caramel corn in the microwave.
It took me a few tries to get it just right — despite having done extensive research before starting. But, this caramel corn is 100% worth the effort. My family of four picky children loves it and I’m sure yours will too.
Preparing Caramel Corn in the Microwave
The only tricky part of this recipe is adjusting the times to your microwave and accommodating the differences in sugar grain sizes in different parts of the world. So, although I have given the times for my (relatively weak) 900 Watt microwave and the relatively coarse brown sugar available locally, you will want to experiment a bit with yours.
If you pull the caramel out of the oven and still see grains of sugar, stir it and put it back in for another minute. The sugar needs to boil hard enough to dissolve all the sugar grains. So, continue doing this until the sugar grains are well dissolved. Depending on the power of your microwave, this may take as little as 3 minutes. In my microwave, it takes 5. Also, if you have a very powerful microwave, you may want to diminish the power to 75% for the last two minutes of cooking.
Other than that, I think you will agree that this recipe is as easy as they come. Best of all, you can enjoy crispy, crunchy caramel corn in a matter of minutes with minimal mess!
I hope your family likes this caramel corn every bit as much as mine does. Bon appétit!