It’s the first day of fall, which means we are all anticipating the flavors of autumn. What do you imagine? Pumpkin? Corn? Spice? Turkey? Apples? Butternut Squash? How about caramel corn? This 15 minute microwave brown bag caramel corn will make your fall food preparations easier than ever. If you are a looking for another great fall recipe featuring caramel, I think you might really enjoy these monster caramel apples.
Growing up, I had a neighborhood friend whose mom not only had a major talent in the kitchen, but she loved the fall. When I think of their house, I remember those fall parties and decorations that made visiting during that season so fun and memorable. This second mom of mine put together a cookbook of her favorite recipes that she has collected or created. This is one of the many great recipes I use of hers. This chicken piccata recipe is another favorite from her cookbook. I made this caramel corn for a “bring your best caramel corn” party at my friend’s house last year. This one and another cayenne flavored caramel corn were the two favorites. I think you are going to love both the flavors and the ease. This is made in the microwave and in a brown paper bag. There’s just something really cool about that. Your kids are going to love it.
15 Minute Microwave Brown Bag Caramel Corn Recipe
4 quarts Popped Pop Corn (I popped about 1/2 cup kernels)
1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cubes (3/4 cup) Butter
1/3 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
3/4 sp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
Pour the popped corn into a large brown grocery bag. Melt the butter in a microwave-proof bowl and then add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir to combine. Microwave on high until it begins to boil (approximately 1 minute 30 seconds) then microwave an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir in the baking soda, stirring until the mixture is foamy and the soda is well-dissolved. Pour the syrup over the popped corn in the bag. Shake to distribute syrup through the corn. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove bag and shake well. Repeat the microwave process one more time. Pour out into a large bowl to cool, stirring occasionally to break into individual kernels.
I hope you really enjoy making and eating this fall caramel corn treat. I think once you try this method, you’ll never return to your owls ways.
Delicious and easy! I used an 1100 watt microwave and found the timing to be spot on. I also subbed dark brown sugar for the light. I use a similar method for ‘Jell-O Popcorn’ — happy to have found a good caramel version. Thanks for sharing!
So glad you found this recipe and enjoyed it. Thanks so much for commenting.
Thank you for updating an old favorite to the newer more powerful microwaves of today!
You are welcome. So glad this helps!
Would I be able to add pecans, and if so, when would I add them., thanks
I imagine you could, and I would add them at the beginning. That said, I’ve never really experimented with that idea. If you do it, let me know how it turns out.
Thanks for the quick reply, we travel thru Georgia every year and buy fresh pecans, (my fav), I will let you know, after I make this!
Sounds amazing. Please do. 🙂
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I’ve been making this many years with lower powered micros,my current one is 1000 watts.. Since last fall I’ve had burned kernels. I’ve wondered if maybe the bags are no longer as thick as in the past?
Super interesting. I’m not sure. Have you found a solution (power level or timing) to make it work?