I was really craving caramel popcorn tonight, but I was out of both margarine/butter and didn't have any corn syrup. I read the reviews and decided to use Canola oil and honey as two different reviewers had done. The first mixture turned out a bit oily after cooking for the 3 minutes and the 1 1/2 minutes and adding the baking soda. I decided to drain off about 1/2 of the remaining oil on top and let the popcorn absorb the rest. I poured the caramel over the pre-popped popcorn (with the unpopped kernels removed) that I placed in a large, greased bowl. I stirred it as best as possible and then placed it in the pam-sprayed paper grocery bag. At this point I still wasn't optimistic of the results, but I forged ahead! I microwaved it in the bag for 1 minute, shook, flipped, and microwaved it for 45 seconds the second time. I have a 1200 watt microwave and I think I will reduced the first microwaving to 45 seconds as well. I opened the bag and much to my delight it looked and smelled delicious! I let it cool on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and my craving it satisfied. This was amazingly easy and I can only imagine how rich it will taste with real butter, corn syrup, and some peanuts the next time a craving hits! I think this recipe is extremely adaptable to other flavor additions as well. Pinning this one to Pinterest!
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I was really craving caramel popcorn tonight, but I was out of both margarine/butter and...