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Awesome easy way to make caramel corn at home
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020
Having recently made caramel corn for our family movie night (using the lazy recipe, aka the no-bake method), I was looking for an even easier solution to enjoy a sweet and crunchy snack with our movies. I started by looking at the microwave kettle corn, since I already knew about those products. During my search, I came across this microwave caramel corn and was intrigued. Unfortunately, none of the grocery stores in my area carry it and I was hesitant to buy an entire case of it on Amazon, but I decided to take the plunge- worst case I could give them away if my family didn't care for them. Well, as far as preparation is concerned, this caramel corn is much easier to make than homemade, of course. If you're expecting it be as easy as making microwave popcorn, than you will be disappointed The first step is making the popcorn, just like regular microwave popcorn. Then you have to remove the seeds and place the popcorn in a glass bowl. One tip for removing the seeds is not to fully open the bag of popcorn after you take it out of the microwave- pull the opening just wide enough to let the seeds out. Then, turn the bag upside down and shake the seeds into a bowl and discard the seeds. After pouring the popcorn into a glass bowl (I used a ceramic bowl because I don't have a big glass bowl sitting around), then you carefully cut open the caramel packet, remove the top piece of the packet, and then cut the big piece of caramel into 4 pieces. You place these pieces onto the popcorn and microwave for 1-1 1/2minutes. I actually found that I needed to microwave mine for 2 minutes. After it's done cooking, you mix it up until the caramel is evenly distributed over the popcorn (I found a pair of metal tongs to be good for doing this task). While I managed to get the caramel pretty well incorporated (i.e. there was at least a little caramel on every piece of popcorn), it was impossible to get it evenly distributed. I have tried returning the popcorn and caramel to the microwave again to melt the caramel, so I can mix it up some more, but even that didn't work. After it cools, the caramel hardens, so you're left with crunchy caramel corn. Another tip is to make sure any dish or utensil that touched the hot caramel gets soaked in hot water, so it's easier to wash. The taste is pretty good, but not fantastic. The caramel is made with margarine, so it lacks that wonderful real butter flavor that caramel usually has. All this said, I'm glad I bought it and I'll probably buy it again since my family likes it and it's pretty easy to make. I hope you like it too.