Caramel Corn

A better title for this recipe might be the Easiest Yummiest Super Simplest Paper Sack Shake Microwave Caramel Corn, but I thought that was a little too wordy.

I think fall and caramel go hand in hand.  Every year around this time I start getting a hankerin’ for all things caramel…caramel apples, caramel brownies, & caramel corn are a few that I yearn for.  This treat has been a fall staple in our family for as long as I can remember.  It’s really easy too.  Back when the kiddos were in high school, and I would chaperone some of their band trips, I always brought snacks for the kids on my bus.  This caramel corn recipe was a hit every time!  (Not the quickest thing to do for 40 teenagers, but it’s doable).  Since it’s made in a paper sack in the microwave the clean-up is a breeze.


You will be astonished at it’s simplicity.

First up your tools.  You will need a large paper grocery bag, a heat safe glass bowl, and a wooden spoon.  Most importantly – good pot holders.  Like with any candy making this stuff gets hot…lava hot.  Please be careful and know that this molten sugar will burn you like touching the sun would burn you.  BE CAREFUL!!


Caramel Corn


1 stick butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/4 + 1/8 cup light corn syrup

dash salt

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

3  bags plain microwave popcorn – popped

1 c. lightly salted dry roasted peanuts


Place popped popcorn in a clean brown paper grocery bag.


In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.

Microwave on HIGH for 2 1/2 minutes, stir well.


Put back in and heat on high for another 2 1/2 minutes.

It should be bubbly like this when it comes out of the microwave for the second time.


Stir in soda.  You have to work quickly at this point.


Stir, stir, stir and the sugar lava will begin to foam up and get fluffy.

As soon as the sugar mixture fluffs up, pour it over the popcorn in the grocery bag.


Roll the top of the bag over itself to loosely seal.  Shake it up.


Put the whole bag in the microwave and cook on HIGH for 1 minute.

Take it out and shake it well. You will want to use potholders when you do the shaking.  Also, be sure to support the bottom of the bag so it doesn’t break.

Add your nuts and re-roll the top.  Shake it up some more.

Put it back into microwave and cook on HIGH for another minute. When you take it out, with your pot holder, shake it up.  Shake it up.  Then shake it some more.


You have to shake it to distribute the caramel evenly and to break up the popcorn ‘globs’.  Otherwise, it would just turn into a solid mass o’caramel corn.

Pour into a very large bowl and enjoy!  Today I packaged it up into two gallon size bags to take to Zack and Halie for football snacks.  I will get to see them both this weekend as we cheer on our DAWGS!!! in Athens.  Woohoo :)

Here comes one of the best parts of this recipe, the clean-up.  That sticky messy paper bag you made the caramel corn in just goes into the trash.  Tadaaaahhhhh!

I LOVE an easy clean-up.  Don’t you?

What’s your favorite fall football snack?  I think I’ve got the sweet component covered with this treat.  Any tips for a salty treat?

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