I found this recipe when I was looking for a great caramel popcorn recipe and I have used it again and again this year because it is so delicious and way too easy. I usually make it on the stovetop but in a pinch for time or when all my pans are dirty i've been known to make it in the microwave.
Chewy Caramel Popcorn
1 cup Corn Syrup
1 cup Butter
1/2 tsp Salt (unless your popcorn is pre-salted (microwave popcorn) then you won’t need any)
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
2 large bowls of Popped Popcorn
Method: Combine the first 4 items in medium saucepan and stir over medium/high heat. Stir the whole time. Let boil for 2-3 minutes (no longer) and then remove it from the heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Return mixture to the heat and stir until it just barely starts boiling again. Remove and drizzle over popcorn. Stir well, to completely coat the popcorn.
*microwave: I put the first 4 ingredients into a large microwave safe bowl, and then cook it stirring every 2 minutes- for 6 minutes total. After the 6 minutes I then add the milk and the vanilla and put it back into the microwave for 2 more minutes or until it comes back up to a boil.
*Mix-ins are fun think reeses pieces for Halloween, red and pink m&ms for valentines, the possibilities are endless!