Microwave Caramel Corn

Easy caramel corn
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 4 Quarts (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
152 Calories
3g Fat
32g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Quarts (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 152
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This microwave caramel corn is a snap to make — you'll have delicious candied corn in less than 10 minutes! 

The caramel mixture is cooked in the microwave and then the popped popcorn and caramel are combined and microwaved together. This microwave caramel corn is excellent for game day or movie night snacking.


  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Stick (4 oz.) margarine or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 quarts of popped corn

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients except soda and popped corn in a 1 1/2 to 2-quart microwave safe bowl. Put in the microwave (100% power) and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in soda.

  2. Put the popped corn in a brown paper grocery bag and pour the syrup over the corn. Close the bag by rolling it down a couple of times and shake hard. Cook in the bag in the microwave (100% power) for 1 1/2 minutes.

  3. Remove and shake vigorously and cook in the microwave another 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and shake again. microwave another 1 1/2 minutes.

  4. Shake when you remove it from the microwave and pour it on a large foil-lined baking sheet to cool.

  5. Store the caramel popcorn in an airtight container when cool.

NOTE: Don't leave a brown grocery bag in the microwave unattended. Sometimes they have small metallic particles in them and can catch on fire. Watch it throughout the cooking time.

This keeps well if in an airtight container but won't last if you open it and take a nibble.