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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 2¬Ĺ 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


This weekend I bought the most amazing tri-color corn at our local organic farm stand…our first fresh corn of the season.¬† I immediately knew how I wanted to prepare it.¬† Grilled.¬† Grilling corn imparts a slightly smokey taste, but what I love about it is the fact that the corn husk protects the corn from direct contact with the grill.

At dinner I think we all would have eaten two ears of corn each (If I had been smart enough to buy that much!).¬† Instead I bought 5 ears and we were all left fighting over the last ear…



Corn on the cob (As many ears as you would like)

Earth Balance¬ģ Natural Buttery Spread ‚Äď Soy Free

Seasoning (i.e. Celtic sea salt, pepper, OR Chili con Limon)

Trim the corn and make sure there is not excess husk or stem.

Soak the corn (in its husk) in water for 30 minutes (My in-laws bought me the tub below from an Asian market and I use it ALL THE TIME for soaking produce). 

Preheat the barbeque to medium heat.

Place the soaked corn in its husk on the barbeque.  Turn the corn every 3-5 minutes for a total of 15-20 minutes.

Remove the corn from the barbeque and allow it to cool until it is cool enough to shuck. 

Once shucked spread the Earth Balance¬ģ Natural Buttery Spread over each ear of corn.

Season immediately.¬† The Earth Balance¬ģ Natural Buttery Spread will add wonderful flavor and will also help the seasoning stick to the corn.

Chile Con Limon NET WT. 4 oz.

My favorite seasoning for grilled corn is Chile Con Limon by Via Nueva…so good!¬† For more information about this seasoning click here.

For a printable version of this recipe click here.


Filed under Gluten Free, Recipes, Sides, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian