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Cracker Jack Style Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


This easy caramel popcorn is great to munch on while watching a movie! Thanks to your microwave it comes together in a snap! So pull out your popcorn popper and pick out your favorite movie because there's nothing better than an old fashioned movie night!


Units Scale
  • 14 cups Popped Popcorn (this is about a 1/3 cup popcorn kernels)
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 Tbs. Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda


  1. Allow your oven to preheat to 300 degrees while you prepare the recipe.
  2. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set them aside.
  3. Get out your air popper and make some popcorn the old fashioned way!
  4. You need approximately 14 cups of popcorn which comes from approximately 1/3 cup of un-popped kernels.
  5. I pop the corn into a large bowl, shake the bowl vigorously to knock the unpopped kernels to the bottom of the bowl, and then transfer the warm popcorn into another large bowl by hand to ensure that all the un-popped and partially popped kernels are removed. (Seriously, there is nothing worse than chomping down on an unexpected hard kernel.)
  6. Side the popped corn aside for a moment.
  7. In a medium, microwave safe bowl, or my preference a glass 4 cup measuring cup heat the butter, brown sugar, molasses, salt and corn syrup, DO NOT ADD THE BAKING SODA YET, just long enough to melt the butter.
  8. Stir well and put back in the microwave.
  9. Heat in the microwave for about 3 minutes allowing the mixture to boil for 2 minutes.
  10. Now you add the baking soda!
  11. This part is great because it's fun to watch while the mixture foams!
  12. Pour the caramel mixture over the popped corn and mix well with a silicone spatula instead of a wooden spoon to coat every piece. The caramel won't stick to the silicone making clean up easier.
  13. Divide the caramel popcorn between the two baking sheets spreading it out into a single layer.
  14. For a salty snack sprinkle sea salt over the popcorn before baking.
  15. Bake each baking sheet in the preheated oven (300 degrees) for 5 minutes.
  16. Cool at room temperature and break into pieces.
  17. Store in an air-tight container.


  • You salt the caramel popcorn before baking for a salted caramel  flavor.
  • You can also add a cup of nuts of your choice before adding the caramel as well!
  • Nutritional Disclaimer

Keywords: easy caramel popcorn, crack jack popcorn, easy caramel corn