Simply Great Caramel Corn

This super-easy family favorite recipe combines popped corn, pretzels, and cashews and makes a great food gift!

Simply Great Caramel Corn
Servings: 14 Prep 10 mins Microwave 7 mins 30 seconds


  • 12 cups popped corn
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 brown paper grocery bag
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Make It

1. Place the popped corn, pretzels and cashews in the paper bag. Shake to combine.

2. Melt butter in a large microwave-safe bowl, 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Microwave 2 minutes. Mixture will boil. Carefully stir and microwave for additional 2 minutes.

3. Stir baking soda into sugar mixture. It will foam up. Carefully pour over popcorn mixture. Fold top of bag over and shake to coat popcorn.

4. Place bag in microwave; cook 7-1/2 minutes. (Watch carefully, as higher wattage ovens may cook faster. Alternatively, transfer mixture to a greased sheet pan; bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring.) Remove bag and shake. Microwave an additional 1 minute. Pour onto large cookie sheets to cool.