Tired of handing out candy bars at Halloween? Super-buttery caramel corn can be yours – in just a few easy steps.

And I mean SUPER buttery. Remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers? THAT kind of buttery.

No joke. Check it out –

Let's start with a fast, easy, and nearly cleanup-free way to make popcorn.

1/4 cup unpopped kernels. 1/2 teaspoon salt. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Put them all in a brown paper lunch sack. Fold the top over to close.

Microwave for about 2 minutes, or until the popping nearly stops.

Remove from the microwave, and carefully open the top of the bag to reveal 8 cups of beautifully popped corn.

Repeat. You now have 16 cups of popcorn in under 5 minutes.

Next, check out MaryJane's caramel corn blog post – step-by-step directions and photos for turning the Easiest Popcorn Ever into the Best Caramel Corn Ever.

If you're just after the recipe, here it is: Carol's Caramel Corn.

And for you folks (like me) who still like to read your recipes off a piece of paper, here's the print version.

Happy Halloween!

PJ Hamel
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About PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!