Easy Homemade Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Homemade Microwave Caramel Popcorn Recipe! It’s ridiculously good and so easy. Made with only 5 ingredients, in less than 10 minutes, and in the microwave.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

How to Make Homemade Caramel Popcorn in the Microwave?

You combine all of the caramel ingredients in a saucepan. But you don’t have to bring it to a certain temperature. Or making actual caramel at this point.

Then pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn. Microwave a few times. Tossing the popcorn in between each microwave session. You lay out the popcorn on a baking sheet to cool. And that’s it!

What does this caramel popcorn taste like?

It tastes exactly like the caramel popcorn from the Caramel & Cheddar Chicago Mix Popcorn!!!

I would have thought a popcorn that good would take hours to make. But nope. It only takes ten minutes in the microwave without any candy thermometer or anything.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Serve this popcorn at…

This popcorn + these chocolate chip cookies or these 7 layer bar macaroons would make the best tailgate dessert combo.

It would also be great at for a party, cookout, house warming gift, new baby gift, or an after school snack.

Easy Homemade Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Made in less than 10 minutes!
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 cups


  • 10 cups air-popped popcorn (I use a store-bought bag of popcorn like lightly salted SmartFood)

For the caramel:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • Add popcorn to a large microwave-safe bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar. Whisk constantly until fully combined and boiling. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, and baking soda.
  • Pour over popcorn. Fold with a rubber spatula to evenly coat.
  • Microwave the popcorn for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Repeat 3 more times.
  • Spread snack mix into a single layer onto a large baking sheet lined with foil. Allow to cool on the pan. Break apart large clusters if desired.
  • Cover the snack mix tightly once cooled.
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