caramel popcorn.

It's a family favorite, and one that I typically start making in September or October. It goes perfectly with our fresh-pressed apple cider and everything else that fall entails. Lately though, I've been craving this caramel popcorn. (Carlotta gave up sugar for Lent, so now would be a perfect time to submit all your sugar-laden recipes. ;) The best part about this recipe? It takes ten minutes, tops, and it all cooks in the microwave.

Here's the recipe.

You'll need:
two bags of popcorn
one stick of butter
one cup of brown sugar
one/fourth cup of corn syrup
one/half teaspoon of salt
and one/half teaspoon of baking soda

Take the freshly popped popcorn, (we pop ours on the stove, but you can use whatever low-salt option you have) and pour them into a paper grocery bag sprayed with cooking spray. Set it aside; you'll need it in a minute.

Next, combine all the ingredients except for the baking soda into a microwave safe bowl. You'll want to microwave it for two minutes, stir it, then put in in for another minute. When you take it out of the microwave, stir in the half teaspoon of baking soda.

Pour the entire caramel mixture on top of the popcorn. This next part is key. Roll the top of the bag closed, and shake it. The harder you shake it, the better mixed it will be and the better it will taste. Continue shaking until your biceps start burning. Put the entire bag back in the microwave for a minute and forty-five seconds. Then shake it. Then put it back in for another minute forty-five. Shake it. Are you getting the picture? ;) Finally, it needs to go back in the microwave for another minute. Shake it again, and you're through! I usually pour it onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper, and let it cool. (The best part is all the little popcorn/caramel bits stuck onto the bottom of the bag. Those are best scraped off with a spoon and eaten quickly.)

It should last up to a week, if you have any sort of self control and don't eat it on the first day. (I speak from experience...) Enjoy, and let me know what you think!



  1. I made themed food for the oscars last night, and I really wanted to make my own cracker jacks. I wish I had found this yesterday - it seems simple but delicious. Plus an arm workout!

  2. did someone say caramel popcorn? i'm so there. looks delicious :))
    -jocee <3

  3. mmm, i've lways wanted a good caramel popcorn recipe =P

    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

  4. hey now. tempting me is not allowed. ;) though, I have to say, this does look pretty darn delicious. I guess I'll just have to eat an apple instead...sigh.

  5. Mmm...caramel popcorn...it looks delicious!

  6. I love caramel corn! My mom makes it once in a while... one of my favorite treats! We had it at Christmas.

  7. man. i don't like caramel but this looks GOOD.

  8. Mmm.. we make a sort of caramel popcorn around Christmastime called "poppy cock" and it's a very similar recipe to this except we cook it in the oven! :)

  9. Delicious! I'm compiling a list of food for when I get my braces off--I'm pretty sure I'll need a party, complete with this, snickers, and uncut apples.

  10. I'm definitely trying this!

  11. mmm, this looks amazing! i want.


  12. That looks amazing!!! I think i'm in love <3


  13. Thanks so much for the recipe! My family and I love it! Definitely a keeper.