Microwave Caramel Corn

“This is a great recipe for caramel corn. It is quick and easy. The corn turns out soooo good! I always make it for gifts at Christmas. It is from the Joy of Microwaving Cookbook. (The peanuts are optional and I have never added them).”
5 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place butter or margarine in a 8 cup measure or large microwavable bowl.
  2. Microwave at high for 30-45 seconds, or until melted.
  3. Stir in brown sugar, peanuts(optional) and corn syrup.
  4. Insert candy thermometer.
  5. Microwave at high for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture reaches 280 degrees (soft crack stage). (Note- this is where the mixture can overcook - so watch carefully).
  6. Mix in vanilla, baking soda and salt.
  7. Place prepared popcorn in large bowl.
  8. Pour hot mixture quickly over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  9. Microwave at high for 2 minutes, stirring after half the time.
  10. Stir again. Cool for about 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally to break apart.
  11. I find it helpful, to spread caramel corn on a cookie sheet to cool. It cools much faster and is easier to break apart.
  12. Enjoy!

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