Microwave Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Corn is incredibly delicious and a fool-proof way to make 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.)
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.
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.
You can grab the full recipe over at the Dixie Crystals website.