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DIY Caramel Corn Microwave Recipe


DIY Caramel Corn in the Microwave by Hip2Save.com

If you have a sweet tooth like me and you love snacking on popcorn, this recipe is for you! Made in the microwave using a grocery store paper sack for easy clean up, this Caramel Corn recipe calls for just a few ingredients and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

Caramel Corn in the Microwave

Recipe from AllRecipes.com


4 quarts popped corn (2 bags of microwave popped corn or equivalent in air popped)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
How to make easy caramel corn in the microwave

Pop your popcorn and remove any un-popped kernels. In a large paper bag (I actually like to use two paper bags and double bag them), spray a little Pam nonstick spray. Then place the popcorn inside the paper bag.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, light corn syrup, salt and vanilla extract. Microwave for 3 minutes and take out to stir. Return mixture to the microwave for another 60 seconds. Remove and add baking soda- don’t forget this step!

Pour syrup mixture over the popcorn, roll the top of bag to close and shake well to coat. Place bag in microwave for one minute. Remove, shake bag well again and return to microwave for another minute.

Dump the caramel corn onto cookie sheets covered with wax paper until set. Serve or store in airtight container.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

If you’re not a fan of Caramel Corn, you can also easily make your own regular popcorn at home in your microwave using just 3 ingredients and a paper sack! It is so darn good and so much healthier than the traditional microwave packets! If you can’t see the video, go here.

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Comments 25

  1. Flgr

    If you want it to be healthy, don’t use the microwave bagged popcorn. It causes cancer.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Flgr! This particular organic brand contains only organic popcorn, Palm oil, and salt. Use what you’re comfortable with of course 🙂

      • Flgr

        Where do you buy it? I haven’t touched microwave popcorn after reading about how dangerous it is. Is the bag safe?

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          This is just the O brand at my local store Albertson’s – I’m not sure good question.

    • jenn

      Everthing “causes” cancer now. Just ask the state of california

      • eyez1998

        I agree jenn!!!!!

  2. Sarah

    Sounds yummy!! Love the recipes! Just make popcorn in a brown lunch bag in the microwave and skip using prepackaged microwave bags. Frugal and easy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes love that idea! It works great.

  3. diane

    ii’ve made this caramel corn since about 1980 is the best for homemade

  4. Jennifer

    Wow, I was just looking for popcorn ball recipes today! Maybe I will just do this instead, thanks Lina!

  5. Chantel Chapman

    I made caramel corn yesterday. The recipe was almost exactly the same from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook but you made the candy on the stove and then after mixing put it in the oven for 15 minutes, stirred and five more. I added almonds and it is delicious. I will have to try it out in the microwave. Thanks!

  6. Heather C.

    Am getting ready to make this but don’t have butter… Just margarine sticks. Can I substitute?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes in fact the original version calls for margarine.

      • Heather C.

        Great, thanks! Its cooling on the counter now… Can’t wait to try it out!

  7. Katie

    Did you know you can make your own microwave popcorn? Just use a brown paper bag, put 1/4 cup kernels in it fold top down twice then use the microwave popcorn setting, works like a charm. Sometimes I add more time on and stop when the popping slows. Much more healthy than the store bought and cheaper too!

    • AR

      directions/video is in the post!

  8. stephB

    Yummy!! My daughter will love making this with me! Thanks, Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- Enjoy!

  9. kb

    Just finished doing this! It’s delish! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh great! Thanks for sharing 😄

  10. Ashley

    I’ve been without a stove or oven for over a year. Any microwave recipe that turns out edible is a win in my book! Keep yum.y ones like this comin!!!

  11. KO

    Don’t try to substitute coconut oil for the butter. I just learned the hard way. 🙁

  12. wendy graves

    how does one measure 4 quarts popped popcorn ?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      1/2 cup of kernels should yield about 16 cups of popcorn which should be about the same as 2 microwave bags of popcorn. Hope that helps. 👍🏻

  13. Big Heart

    It says remove and add baking soda????

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