Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

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.

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn |

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!


Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn |
Jeanette Marie
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Servings:  6

  • 1 100 g bag microwave popcorn
  • 75 g butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

  1. Prepare the microwave popcorn according to package instructions.
  2. Pour popped corn into a large glass bowl, carefully removing any kernels that haven't popped.
  3. Place the butter in a medium glass bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until melted. Remove from the oven.
  4. Stir in sugar and honey to combine. Return to the microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes, or until sugar syrup has boiled hard and sugar grains are no longer visible.
  5. Add the baking soda and vanilla essence to popcorn. Stir vigorously to combine.
  6. Then, pour the hot sugar syrup over the popcorn and fold to combine and coat all the corn.
  7. Return the bowl of caramel coated popcorn to the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the oven and give the popcorn a good turn to ensure that all corn is evenly coated with caramel.
  8. Microwave on high for 1 more minute. Remove from the oven and spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking tray to cool.
  9. When cool, break up the caramel corn and serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Times may vary depending on the power of your microwave. I developed this recipe using a 900 W microwave. When boiling the syrup in the oven, test at 1 minute intervals until the syrup has boiled hard and the grains of sugar are dissolved.

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