SRC – Microwave Caramel Popcorn

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Barbara Bakes.  Barbara has amassed quite the following and I can see why.  My mouth was drooling while searching through her recipes as I went from one decadent recipe to another decadent recipe.

Ultimately I settled on the Microwave Caramel Corn recipe that I stumbled upon (Barbara got this recipe from Real Mom Kitchen).  I know… not the healthiest, but I did make it healthIER than it originally was.  For years my sister would make the most amazing caramel corn during the holidays and it looked pretty labor intensive.  This was so EASY!  I was dancing around the kitchen when I finished making it because it was so much FUN and an absolute breeze to make.  It’s official, I am a complete cooking geek.

I ended-up making this recipe twice.  The first time I made the caramel corn I made it pretty true to form albeit veganizing it by switching out the butter for Earth Balance and using brown rice syrup in place of  the corn syrup.  I also used more popcorn and trust me, there was still more than enough caramel on each piece of popcorn.  The end result was VERY tasty, however my husband even commented that he didn’t think there needed to be as much butter.

The second time I made it I cut the amount of butter IN HALF (down from 1 stick to 1/2 a stick) and added 2 Tbs water to the recipe in order to replace the liquid from the missing butter.  I also used EVEN MORE POPCORN and the results were great!  My kids didn’t even notice the difference and loved it as much as the first time I made it.




1/4 cup butter (I used vegan Earth Balance)
1 cup brown sugar (I used 1/2 cup organic brown sugar & 1/2 cup turbinado raw cane sugar)
1/4 cup light corn syrup (I used brown rice syrup)
2 Tbs. water
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2-4 quarts popped popcorn (all just depends on how coated you want your popcorn) (I used 4 1/2 quarts of AIR popped popcorn)


1.  In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave vegan butter, brown sugar, water, brown rice  syrup, and salt on high for 2½ to 3 minutes until bubbling.

2.  Remove from microwave and mix in baking soda.

3.  Put popped popcorn in a paper grocery sack and pour caramel over popcorn.

4.  Fold down top of grocery sack and put in the microwave.

5.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and 20 seconds.

6.  Take sack out of microwave and shake to evenly coat the popcorn.

7.  Pour out on cookie sheet to cool.

For a printable version of this recipe click here.


Filed under Dessert, Holidays, Kid Friendly, Quick, Recipes, Secret Recipe Club, Vegan, Vegetarian

20 responses to “SRC – Microwave Caramel Popcorn

  1. Wow, I’ve made popcorn this way before in the paper sack but I had no idea you could do caramel corn the same way. Thanks for teaching me something new.

  2. I have a bit of an obsession with caramel and popcorn. I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  3. Everyone is doing it! I must be missing out! This looks awesome 🙂 I love popcorn.

  4. No way! This is the fastest, easiest caramel corn recipe I’ve ever seen! Amazing! Must try. Great photos, love your SRC post! P.S. I’ve used agave nectar in place of corn syrup in caramel corn recipes and that works great too!

  5. YUM and I know my little allergy plagued girl would love this Maisie “safe” recipe. Can’t wait to make it for her.

  6. You are the bomb! Way to veganize this recipe!

  7. Such fun changes. I’ll have to give them a try. Your pictures are great. Love the cute popcorn bowls and your Super Bowl spread looks amazing. Thanks for the sweet comments about Barbara Bakes! I have fun exploring your delicious posts today.

  8. I love caramel popcorn! Looks delicious.

  9. Making this in the microwave looks so much better than baking it. What a great SRC recipe!

  10. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I make brown sugar kettle corn in the microwave that’s kind of similar, but this caramel coating takes it to a new level. Yum!

  11. I am trying this for sure. I make popcorn all the time and hubby likes caramel, so I buy it. I know, ridiculous, and so expensive too. He will be so happy! And me too, way easier than my recipe!

  12. Yum!! I love caramel corn so much and I’m definitely loving this easy at home version.

  13. This looks like such a great recipe! I love eating popcorn.. I have it almost daily for a quick and healthy snack! This may just be the sort of indulgence I need to capture a sugar craving!

  14. That’s awesome that you were able to make this wonderful snack healthier, looks fabulous!

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  16. I am definitley making this! No more store bought caramel corn for me.

  17. Oh Yum! I make microwave popcorn for a snack for us often (paper bag) but usually just plain. Caramel corn-oh my. Good pick for SRC.

  18. This is wicked cool. And oh so easy. Nothing better than caramel corn.


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