Translate – Caramel Popcorn, quick and easy. :)
I love to eat popcorn. My kids say that I bleed popcorn and diet coke, funny, probably true though. When I like to “switch things up a bit”, I make caramel popcorn. It is so much better than your store bought candied corn, and better for you too. I can control what popcorn is used, and how much butter and sugar is added, plus it is fresh.
Caramel Popcorn can sometimes be a long and tedious snack. Not difficult, but time consuming, as most recipes call for baking at a low temperature for about an hour. Enter, the microwave. This microwave caramel popcorn will get you the sweet snack in under fifteen minutes – start to finish. I found the recipe at the Jolly Time Popcorn site. Jolly time is one of my favorite microwave popcorn brands.
If you are short on time, and looking for a great, lighter, treat, try this one. I made this batch for a superbowl party this last Sunday. I made over 50 servings worth in under an hour. It was awesome.
Microwave Caramel Popcorn, Fast!
- 10 cups popcorn, air popped or 1 microwave bag
- 1/3 cup butter, unsalted
- 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Nuts or Candy Coated Chocolate (optional)
Place popcorn in a large microwave-safe glass bowl, set aside.
In another glass bowl, microwave the butter until melted, about 45 seconds. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high until mixture boils, 1 to 3 minutes, stirring once, then on high for 3 minutes without stirring. Remove bowl and stir in soda and vanilla.
Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and stir until most of the popcorn is coated. Microwave on 70% power for 1 minute. Remove and stir, then microwave at 70% for 1 more minute minute. Remove and stir again to coat popcorn evenly. Pour popcorn onto wax paper and cool completely, about ten minutes. Break apart and serve, or store in an airtight container.
You can add nuts or candy coated chocolate if desired. Add nuts with the popcorn before coating with the caramel. If you are using chocolate, add it just before pouring on cooling sheet…or you will have a big melted blob.
Enjoy! Makes about 10 servings, about 1 cup each.