Recipe: Quick & Easy Caramel Popcorn

Looking for a quick and easy recipe for caramel popcorn? I don’t know about you, but sometimes regular popcorn is just not enough, and I crave that sweet edge that caramel popcorn satisfies. Unfortunately, making caramel popcorn can be a total pain… At least it used to be.

I was given this amazing recipe for Caramel Popcorn a long time ago, when I was a kid. It was the first time I had actually heard of caramel being made in a microwave, and I’ve used this recipe ever since. It is quick, easy, and minimizes the mess that often accompanies making caramel. I totally recommend it!

Quick & Easy Caramel Popcorn


Quick & Easy Caramel Popcorn

A perfect mix of sweet and crunchy, this favorite snack is the perfect answer to your snack-time cravings.


  • ½ cup popcorn
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon flake salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda



Large bowl will lid

Hot air popcorn popper

½ measure cup

¼ measuring cup

1 cup measuring cup

½ teaspoon


While air popping the ½ cup popcorn, put butter, corn syrup and brown sugar into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Tip: When measuring out the corn syrup, spray the measuring cup with vegetable spray. It will keep the corn syrup from sticking to the measuring cup, and it will release more easily.

Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Put in microwave for 1 minutes. The mixture will lighten and turn frothy. Remove from microwave and stir until froth settles.

Tip: After popcorn is popped, scoop it into another bowl. This will give you the opportunity to fish out unpopped kernels. Those unpopped kernels will get stuck in the caramel and could possible serve to ruin dental work, if you bite down on it.

Pour caramel mixture over the popcorn, using a spatula to scrap out the last, golden ribbons of the caramel mixture. Put tight lid over bowl, and shake until the caramel thoroughly coats the popcorn.

Let sit for 15-20 minutes (with lid off), and then replace the lid and shake again. Serve.

Tip: I have friends who make this recipe and they always put the popcorn in a paper bag, pour the caramel over the popcorn in a paper bag, and then shake rigorously. However, whenever I try this approach, I always end up ripping open the bag while shaking it or the popcorn turns into a giant popcorn bowl and not all of the popcorn gets covered.

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