Microwave Caramel Popcorn and Cookbook Giveaway

I bought this cute little bear bowl on my recent trip to Alaska and I’ve been looking for a great snack to make to fill it. When I saw the Microwave Caramel Popcorn recipe in the new Real Mom Kitchen Cookbook, I knew I’d found the perfect recipe. The Microwave Caramel Popcorn was quick, easy and addictively delicious.

Laura’s new cookbook is filled with quick, easy, delicious recipes to “make putting food on the table less stressful so you can enjoy your family time.”  Real Mom Kitchen will be released next month. I was fortunate to have been given a digital copy to review. It’s a fun, colorful cookbook filled with recipes for busy moms. I couldn’t be happier for Laura for publishing her first cookbook. It’s so fun to have someone you know succeed. (Info on the cookbook giveaway is at the bottom of the post.)

My husband and I met Laura early one morning when we walked by her street and she was out on her front porching photographing food. I said to my husband, “that’s a food blogger.” So I went over and introduced myself.

I asked Laura why she thought there are so many great food bloggers in Utah. She believes it’s because of the amazing women who came before us, our mothers and grandmothers. In fact, both this Microwave Caramel Popcorn recipe and her favorite recipe in the cookbook, Oven Stew, come from her mom.

Real Mom Kitchen gets about a quarter of a million hits every month and Laura was approached by two book companies after a story featuring her was on ksl.com.

This Microwave Caramel Popcorn is mentioned on the back cover of the cookbook, as well as a popular post on Real Mom Kitchen. Be sure and stop by and congratulation Laura and pre-order a copy of Real Mom Kitchen.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn and Cookbook Giveaway

Microwave Caramel Popcorn and Cookbook Giveaway


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 quarts popped popcorn (all just depends on how coated you want your popcorn)


In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt on high for 2½ to 3 minutes until bubbling.

Remove from microwave and mix in baking soda.

Put popped popcorn in a paper grocery sack and pour caramel over popcorn.

Fold down top of grocery sack and put in the microwave.

Microwave on high for 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Take sack out of microwave and shake to evenly coat the popcorn.

Pour out on cookie sheet to cool.




Cedar Fort Books is offering a copy of Real Mom Kitchen to one lucky Barbara Bakes reader. To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post before Sunday, July 24th at midnight MST telling me why you’d like a copy of the cookbook. For an extra entry Tweet and/or Stumble the giveaway (leave a separate comment for each entry). The giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada. Be sure your email address is included with your comment(s).

Updated: The winner of the cookbook is Lark who said “Oh I really want this cook Book! I collect Cook Books and NEED this! :)” Congratulations Lark!

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  1. says

    Yay! I can smell the caramel pop corn all over the kitchen,and its smell really delicious!ha! I’m just dreaming.lols I never tried homemade popcorn with caramel before, and I can’t wait to try your caramel popcorn recipe.

  2. says

    Thanks for the giveaway Barbara. I would love another cookbook for my collection : )
    I haven’t been to Real Mom Kitchen blog but now I will go check it out. This microwave caramel popcorn looks great. Love your bowl by the way.

  3. says

    I just looked at the cookbook pre-order page on Amazon, and I would love to win a copy of it for my daughter, after I read it first. 😉

  4. Stephanie says

    I would love to win this cookbook! I am always looking for healthy and easy ways to feed my family.

  5. Denise O says

    I would love this cookbook for a few reasons: 1) I am a cookbook collecting machine; 2) This microwave caramel popcorn looks incredible, the rest of the book much be must of the same; 3) I adore experimenting with new recipes.

  6. Cheryl W. says

    I would love to own this cookbook because I am a real mom cooking for real kids that love to taste the new recipes I find in cookbooks. One day, I will passing my cookbooks on to my daughters and I think this would be a great book to pass down.

  7. Kim Siroky says

    Im obsessed with cookbooks!! I love her blog so much I just know her cookbook has to be awesome!

  8. says

    Hey Barbara, such a great giveaway! Going by this recipe, I am sure this would be a cookbook for keeps and that’s why would like to win this book!

  9. AnnMarie says

    I would love to win this book because I have just stumble across her website and I am printing everything. It all looks so good.

  10. says

    The popcorn looks great. I would love the book. On my mission in losing weight, I wanted to get my family to eat better too. Especially my kids so they do not struggle with food like I did.

  11. mary jane says

    I would love a new cookbook for healthy, fast meals..The cookbook looks divine and I am running out of good recipes in our no summer here in the pacific northwest..when we do get a nice sunny day (RARE) I would love to make some food that would be wonderful for the one day or few minutes we are getting any sunshine…hmmmm……

  12. Dayna says

    I would love a cookbook that helps me get meals on the table fast since I have re-entered the working world. My biggest struggle is getting dinner on the table for my family in a reasonable amount of time.

  13. kathy steadman says

    I would love one of laura’s cookbooks, because I LOVE her site and know the recipes I’ve tried their have been wonderful! Thanks

  14. Brenda S 'Okie in Colorado' says

    I would love the new cookbook. I have been following Laura on her blog for a long time. Always great recipes.

  15. Sara M says

    I would love this cookbook. Five kids equals a lot of mouths to feed. Maybe I’ll actually come across something in the book that they ALL will finally eat!!

  16. Judith Franing says

    Wow I love this cookbook. Thanks for introducing us!
    Enjoy your Blog too!

  17. says

    I would love to have a copy of this book because I can surely use a few more quick, easy and delicious recipes for my family. As my 2 kids are growing up quickly, I really want to spend more quality time with them instead of spending too much time in the kitchen. :) Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book. Sounds like a must have for any busy moms out there.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  18. Carol says

    Real Mom Kitchen sounds like a wonderful cookbook that I’d love to add to my vast collection of cookbooks. I love Laura’s blog.