In this BONUS TRACK of the Indiana Home Cooks podcast, my daughter, Christine, and I make a quick and easy sweet treat that will have everyone standing in the kitchen crunching and munching the moment it’s done. It’s my Caramel Corn cooked in a paper bag. Click the orange play button above to hear it.
My mom made this recipe many times when we were growing up. But I had not tried it in ages. When I ran across it in my recipe file a few years ago around Christmas time, I decided I would give it a try on Christmas Day. Something fun to do while celebrating the holiday.
I remembered the caramel corn tasting good when my mom made it, but I had forgotten how addictive it can be! It is very hard to stop eating it once you start. That’s why I hurry and package as much of it as I can to give as gifts. It’s perfect to pass out to neighbors, co-workers, or as stocking stuffers.
Give it a try while the kids are home on winter break. Or if you need a snack to take to a party. It will be time well spent. Very little time, at that.
Caramel Corn in a Paper Bag
- 8 quarts of popped popcorn (unseasoned)
- 1 C. brown sugar
- ½ C. butter
- ¼ C. light corn syrup
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda (measure and set aside)
- One paper grocery bag
Note: All microwave cooking instructions are for HIGH POWER, 1100 watts.
Put popped popcorn in paper grocery bag and set aside.
Have 2-3 large baking pans ready to cool caramel corn.
Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. (1 to 2 quart capacity) Note: caramel mixture will expand and bubble during cooking so make sure your cooking vessel is large enough. Set aside the baking soda.
Microwave caramel ingredients together for 2 minutes. Stir mixture, and then microwave for 2 more minutes. Add baking soda and stir. Mixture will become foamy.
Pour caramel mixture over popcorn in paper bag. Fold closed and shake bag to distribute caramel. Keep bag closed at all times during cooking and shaking. Place bag in microwave oven. If your microwave does not have a turntable, pause a few times during cooking to move bag around.
- Microwave for 1.5 minutes, then shake bag.
- Microwave for 1 minute, shake bag.
- Microwave for 45 seconds, shake.
- Microwave for 30 seconds, shake.
When done, open bag carefully away from your face. Pour caramel corn out onto cookie sheets to cool.