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Microwave Carmel Popcorn In a Paper Sack

I know this sounds crazy, but trust me - it is delicious and very easy! The first time you make it you will be a bit anxious. You may have to tweak your times according to your microwave.

What you need:

Double a large brown paper grocery sack for this recipe.

16 cups popped corn. You can air pop your corn or you can use already popped corn from the grocery store. It works great.

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup white Karo Syrup

2 tablespoons Brer Rabbit Syrup or dark Karo Syrup

1/3 cup butter

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt


Set out all your ingredients.

Pour 16 cups of popped corn into a doubled paper sack, a large one from the grocery store. Set this to the side while you prepare the syrup mixture.


Mix sugar, white Karo syrup, and Brer Rabbit syrup (or dark Karo syrup), and butter in a glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high heat for 2 minutes.

Take out of the microwave and add the salt and soda. Stir well.

Pour the syrup mixture over the popcorn in the paper sack. Fold the top down to close the sack.


Shake well, place the folded, closed sack in the microwave and cook 90 seconds on high heat, remove and shake the closed sack vigorously.


Place back in the microwave for 90 more seconds. At the end of that time remove the sack and shake vigorously.


Place the sack back in the microwave for the third time and cook for 90 seconds. Remove and shake vigorously.

Pour the hot corn carefully onto a clean cookie sheet to cool and dry.

The first batch you make will be a test of your microwave. You may need to cook the second batch less or more depending on how your caramel corn looks.


This makes wonderful gifts. I often give this tied in a cute container with a six pack of soda or beer.

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