Kettle Corn Made at Home

What do you do when you’ve got a group of friends over for the evening, and everybody is yearning for a snack?

You make kettle corn of course!

I’d worked under the assumption for quite a while that you couldn’t make kettle corn at home, there must have been some special equipment or tool or technique that made it too obscure or difficult to do in your own kitchen. I know, pretty silly, because not only can you make it at home in a matter of minutes, you don’t really need any fancy tools!

Silly me, thinking kettle corn was a magical thing to buy from the man at the farmer’s market.

Kettle Corn

(adapted from Instructables’ How to Make Kettle Corn)
Ingredients

1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 Cup popcorn kernels

3 Tbsp sugar

salt for sprinkling

Directions
  • Find a pot and it’s matching lid (sometimes a feat in itself!).
  • Place the pot over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil, giving the pot a jiggle to have the oil evenly coat the bottom.
  • When the oil is hot, add the popcorn kernels, they should make a single layer at the bottom of the pot.
  • Continuously shake the pot so that that kernels are not sitting still, this way they won’t burn.
  • When the kernels just begin to pop, sprinkle the sugar over top of them. Place the lid on the pot, and continue shake shake shaking, burnt popcorn is no good.
  • When the popping of the corn slows, and there are a few seconds between the pops, take a peek under the lid. If most of the kernels are popped, pour everything out into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the popcorn liberally with salt, and give it a minute or two to cool before offering it to your guests, the sugar is molten at first and can burn your fingers.

I made two batches to feed my hungry friends. Don’t double the recipe and try to do it all at once, or else there won’t be room in the pot for all of the kernels to pop.

The boys look pretty ravenous, maybe I should have made three batches…

10 thoughts on “Kettle Corn Made at Home

    • I think, depending on age of course, that this could be a fun snack for kids to help prep too! Sprinkling salt or sugar would be a fun job. I ended up dancing around while making sure that the popcorn didn’t burn, so you could even gave a kettle corn making dance party!

  1. I first discovered this stuff at a county fair…and haven’t really been able to replicate it at home with the Orville Redenbacher microwave-popped stuff (too chemical-y for my taste). The homemade option sounds accessible and addictive!

  2. I make regular popcorn like this for the boys often (there job to find the pot with the matching lid!) and they love it. I personally prefer the kettle corn. Nothing better than salty and sweet. As soon as Jake hears the first pop, he is there like a dirty shirt waiting for fall outs. He LOVES popcorn nights.

    I too thought that it was alot more complicated, so I bought a shaker of seasoning. Blech. Truly I never would of thought of putting the sugar in while it is popping…how simply yummy. I have found my Grey’s Anatomy season premier snack….if I can wait till Thursday!

    • The sugar melts when it gets put in with the popcon, and because you’re shaking it around it coats all of the kernels super finely. It was so good! You’re right, it would be a great Grey’s Anatomy snack! Or movie night!

      Aw, Jake is such a cute little guy.

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