Great! I couldn't believe how simple this was in the microwave, and it tastes very similar to a version a friend of mine paid $18 for a small tin of from the Boy Scouts a couple years ago.
I wasn't sure about doing the caramel coating in the microwave, but I was feeling lazy and didn't want to boil sugar on the stove. This worked perfect. And the paper bag trick made the whole process a breeze. My kid had fun helping shake the mix, too. I'm curious whether the paper bag might work for mixing the chocolate coating, too. I had some trouble getting it even--it turned out rather patchy.
I used microwave "lite" popcorn and diet margarine to save a few calories. I found that two bags of cheap microwave popcorn gave me exactly 16 cups, and the caramel mixture covered it well. I used candiquick instead of chips like i saw recommended here, but 1 cup didn't cover it as much as I'd have liked--the scouts' version looks like every piece is dipped individually and mine turned out pretty uneven. Still, this was very rich and delicious. My 4 year old isn't crazy about chocolate (believe it or not), but it was all I could do to keep her from eating it all before it was even cool! Luckily my husband wasn't home when I made this or I might not have gotten any, either. I'm going to take some to work tomorrow and watch people's eyes roll back in their heads in delight! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.
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Great! I couldn't believe how simple this was in the microwave, and it tastes very similar to...