Soft Caramel Popcorn #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

There is something universal about popcorn. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like it in some form. Maybe it gets the star treatment from being a first I-can-cook-it-all-by-myself food for many kids. Popcorn is like a good pair of jeans: you can wear it plain or dress it up and it is still a winner.

Soft Caramel Popcorn #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

This popcorn is dressed up and ready for a night on the town. Well actually it is probably best eaten on a night in watching a good movie with the family. Warning: you’re going to get messy (and you won’t care!).

Soft Caramel Popcorn #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

Not only is this a delicious recipe but you are going to love me for this next tip. Okay, maybe you won’t think this is as cool as I did but I was pretty excited about it. Did you know that you can get microwave popcorn without all of the mystery ingredients?

Here’s what you need:

A brown paper lunch bag

1/3 cup of popcorn kernels

60 seconds in the microwave

That’s it! Put your kernels in the bag, fold over the top a few times and pop away! I found that 60 seconds worked in my microwave for about 1/3 cup of popcorn. You may have to play around with yours as microwaves vary.

Soft Caramel Popcorn #recipe from @KatrinasKitchen

Soft Caramel Popcorn Recipe


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  • 3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
  • ½ cup 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk


  • Pop popcorn according to directions. You are going to want to be sure to get ALL of the unpopped kernels out. I use a 2-bowl method. You’ll need 2 large bowls. Dump the popcorn into bowl #1. Give it a little shake and let the unpopped kernels fall to the bottom. Using your hands transfer the popcorn to bowl #2. This is best done in small batches. I usually complete one bag while the next bag is popping in the microwave.
  • In a large saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, and light corn syrup until melted and comes to a boil.
  • Reduce to low/medium heat and add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir continuously for about 5 minutes. The longer you stir the firmer your caramel will be.
  • Pour caramel over the popcorn and stir until incorporated. You will feel like it is not working at first but keep at it and the caramel will coat the popcorn.
  • Some great add-ins would be nuts, M&Ms, pretzel pieces, or chocolate chips.
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