Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn

Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn is incredibly delicious and a fool-proof way to make caramel corn.

Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn

In New Jersey, we take our caramel corn very seriously. We have the famous Johnson’s Popcorn as our standard to compare all others. Johnson’s is no joke, and a must-have item when I go home in the summer. Seeing that I can’t get it all the time, I love to make caramel corn at home.

I started making it when we lived in Nova Scotia and my friend made a specific amount of tubs each year and handed them out at Christmas time. If you were fortunate enough to get a tub, well, let’s just say you felt important and loved. When we left Canada, she gifted me her recipe for caramel corn and every time I make it, I think of her. (There are very few things that make me happier than when a friend shares a family recipe with me.)

Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn

I found this method for making caramel corn in the microwave and was intrigued. Start by popping your popcorn. (I swear by this method.) You make the caramel in the microwave and toss it with the popcorn in a paper bag. Spread it out on a baking sheet, and let it crisp up in the oven. Just know that until it cools completely, it will not be crunchy. I added some bourbon and vanilla sea salt for an added boost of flavor and it takes your standard caramel corn to a whole new level.

Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn

This caramel corn makes a great gift. You can find really cute bags or tins at the craft store and add some ribbon and you are all set. Anyone would be thrilled to get a big tub of homemade caramel corn. I also love that you can easily play with the flavors. This is a great base recipe.

Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn

You can grab the full recipe over at the Dixie Crystals website. 

Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn


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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Roxana

    YES! Caramel, bourbon, vanilla bean – how can you go wrong?! Can’t wait to make a batch of this (love how easy it looks), and hunker down with a good movie! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      You’re going to love it! And less mess to boot!

  2. Melissa @ Bless this Mess

    The link isn’t working for me friend?! Is it me or you? It looks amazing!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you for letting me know. The link at the bottom was copied incorrectly, all fixed now!

  3. pragati

    Love caramel corn..have to try making this now 🙂

    1. bakedbree


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