Crunchy Caramel Corn

Crunchy Caramel Corn

"Kids at our New Year's Eve parties gobble up this sweet and crunchy popcorn. --Shelly Gromer, Long Beach, California"
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10 m servings
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Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Place popcorn and peanuts in a large microwave-safe bowl; set aside. In another microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Cover and microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 2 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes, stirring several times. Spread on greased baking sheets to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Footnotes

  • This recipe was tested with an 850-watt microwave.

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We came home with a free refill of an XL bucket of popcorn from the movies last night. I've made caramel corn using a stove-top recipe and a candy thermometer, but this recipe was so easy. I mad...

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I was excited to try this in the microwave, but my popcorn got soggy and lost it's shape. It was too chewy for me. Hubby claimed to like it but hasn't tried to sneak any, which isn't a good sign...

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We came home with a free refill of an XL bucket of popcorn from the movies last night. I've made caramel corn using a stove-top recipe and a candy thermometer, but this recipe was so easy. I mad...

I wasn't expecting much from microwaved caramel corn, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It has just the right amount of coating to cover every piece of popcorn and has an excellent flavor wi...

This caramel corn is nice and crunchy and not as chewy as some other recipes. Instead of using a large bowl for the popcorn, I used a brown paper bag. It worked great! I just poured the caram...

I was shocked that this really does turn out crunchy.Be careful though this recipe was made in a lower wattage microwave ( I think 850 ) and will burn very easily during the last minute of cooki...

Was a really great easy recipe. I didn't have any corn syrup so I substituted it with honey and it still turned out great!!

SUPER! In my first batch I used dark brown sugar and it came out just like Cracker Jacks. I was so inspired that I tried light brown sugar and slivered almonds in place of the peanuts - the resu...

Very good but be very careful cooking the corn with the syrup in the microwave. Stir it every few seconds (~10 seconds). Too long and it will burn. A quick and easy fix for a caramel corn cra...

This recipe is fast and easy! I used a plastic bowl to melt the caramel mixture in-it didn't get hot like the glass bowl did. It also didn't result in a sticky mess to clean up! I also stired...

My husband asks for this often. I mix it all in a paper bag and shake it instead of stirring. It's wonderful!

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