Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Laurel Groff


I started making this a few years ago right around halloween. I've made it the more "complicated" way, but always come back to the ease of preparation in this recipe.


★★★★☆ 4 votes

8 - 10 (1 cup each)
15 Min
15 Min


  • 1 pkg
    microwave popcorn, popped (10 cups)
  • 1/3 c
    butter, unsalted
  • 2/3 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 c
    light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn


  1. Place popcorn in a large microwave-safe glass bowl, set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.

Printable Recipe Card

About Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Course/Dish: Candies Popcorn
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 5 Comments & Reviews

9 Tater Tot Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

9 Tater Tot Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Tater tots – you either love them or you hate them. When you’re under 18, there’s a 100% chance you love them, making tater tots a must-make for busy moms. However, there are only so many times you can have them as a side. That’s where these recipes come in. From tater tot casseroles to […]

Fresh Garlic Recipes Every Garlic Lover Needs

Fresh Garlic Recipes Every Garlic Lover Needs

Over the years I’ve learned people have strong opinions about fresh garlic. Either someone loves it and can’t get enough or they hold the garlic when a recipe calls for it. Personally, I’m team garlic. I love that it can enhance an assortment of recipes. For those garlic lovers, this Janet’s Notebook is for you. […]

10 Cadbury Creme Egg-Inspired Desserts

10 Cadbury Creme Egg-Inspired Desserts

Cadbury Creme Egg’s have a cult following. When they first make their appearance each new year, Creme Egg lovers go crazy. If you’re not familiar with them, Cadbury Creme Eggs are chocolate candy shaped like an egg. Inside, is a white and yellow filling that mimics the yolk of an egg. Great for snacking and […]