Microwave Caramel Corn

Easy Microwave Caramel Corn

Contributor: Lyndsay Burginger

Sometimes we’re kinda food snobs. But when a recipe works as well as this caramel corn, even if it’s made in the microwave, we keep our noses out of the air.

  • Author: Lyndsay Burginger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda

Special Equipment

  • large brown paper bag


  1. Place popped popcorn in large brown paper bag. In microwave-safe dish combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Cook on high in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, then cook on high for 2 minutes more.
  2. Stir in baking soda and when dissolved pour over popcorn in brown bag. Crumple up the top to seal. Shake well.
  3. Place bag in microwave and cook on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Take bag out, shake, and return to microwave for 1 minute. Take bag out, shake, and return to microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Carefully pour onto large pan to cool at room temperature or in refrigerator. Break up popcorn and serve.


Recipe Inspired by Louise Markland, Bend High School Culinary Arts Instructor