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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Microwave Caramel Corn

Do you like the 'goodie in a box' known as 
 Fiddle Faddle?   This is close!

This recipe makes about 3 quarts.  At first glance, it might look like there are 'too many' steps to making this, but really did not take long!


  • 3 quarts popped corn (hulless popcorn also works well)
  • 3/4 cup peanuts* (less, or more, as desired).  Some add pecans instead of peanuts.
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
* On the container for the peanuts I used, it reads:  Dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted with 100% sea salt, no MSG.   I've already made this recipe without adding any peanuts and it was liked that way, too.  (This additional note was added on June 25, 2012)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • Pop corn.  Place popped corn and peanuts in large brown grocery store type paper bag. Set aside.
  • Place brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a 3 quart glass bowl.  Microwave at high setting 3 - 4 minutes, stirring after each minute, watching for when mixture comes to a boil. Microwave 2 minutes more while 'boiling'.  Remove from microwave.
  • Stir in baking soda.
  • Pour syrup mixture evenly over popped popcorn and peanuts in brown bag. Close bag and shake well.
  • Fold top over and place brown bag in microwave and microwave at high setting 1 and 1/2 minutes. Shake bag well. Microwave 1 and 1/2 minutes more. Shake bag, open bag and pour caramelized popcorn into large roasting pan or bowl. Toss bag in garbage. Cool and stir to separate kernels.
  • Store in airtight containers, or 'zip-like' bags.

Come on, ... dig in!

 Adapted from old Farm Journal recipes (submitted by Lisa Parker).


  1. I love this microwave Caramel corn. Thank you for this post.

  2. What kind of peanuts? Raw or roasted etc??? I love caramel corn.. Will try this recipe.

  3. I just looked at the container of peanuts I used, and it reads: Dry Roasted Peanuts, lightly salted with 100% sea salt, no MSG. Hope that helps. I've already made this recipe WITHOUT adding peanuts and everyone liked how it turned out that way, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe is delicious and wonderful taste. Am preparing Microwave recipes and these are very easy to make.

    1. Thank you for stopping in, and for leaving a comment. Glad you like this treat.