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Homemade Kettle Corn {Recipe}

Posted by  ·  March 12, 2014  ·  Last Updated: October 28, 2017

Homemade Kettle Corn is one of those things you can’t stop eating! It is wonderfully sweet and salty at the same time! With only a few ingredients it easy to make at home! If you want to serve up a wonderfully sweet and festive treat for St Patricks Day you will want to make up a batch of homemade green candied popcorn. We also are huge fans of caramel corn at our house and this caramel corn recipe is amazing. Popcorn is such a yummy treat! If you want another sweet or salty snack try these ultimate chex mix recipes.
homemade kettle corn recipe

How to make homemade kettle corn

You will need:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup un-popped popcorn kernels
1/2 teaspoon salt ( I use Kosher salt)

homemade kettle corn recipe

Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat, along with three kernels of popcorn. Once the three kernels pop, add in the rest of the popcorn and the sugar. Place a lid on the pot. Alternate, in three second intervals, between leaving the pan on the stove top and lifting and shaking the pot to keep the sugar from burning. Once the popping has slowed, remove the pot from the heat and pour into a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and allow to cool, stirring occasionally to break up large clumps.

The sugar will burn very easily, so keep the popcorn moving while it is popping, remove it from the heat when the popping slows and pour it quickly into a bowl so it doesn’t sit in the hot pot.



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  1. Tish Hill
    Saturday, May 30th, 2015
    I am so glad I found this recipe! I've made it at least 15 times in the last 2 weeks and it's PERFECT!!!! My whole family loves it and I took a huge bowl to work and it was all gone!! Easy ingredients and rakes no time at all.
  2. Jennifer K.
    Friday, August 22nd, 2014
    Could you make this in a whirly pop?
  3. Dawn
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014
    Oh Yummy!! Cant wait to try this but sugar free with Splenda Blend!!
  4. Marcia Putnm
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014
  5. Friday, March 21st, 2014
    I've never made kettle corn, let alone on the stove top. What a great idea. I bet this is delicious. I ought to try it sometime for our family movie night! Thanks for sharing.
  6. Trina
    Friday, March 21st, 2014
    Wow....thank you for this recipe! My husband is a self pronounced kettle corn 'freak' and he told me this recipe outdid every bag of kettle corn he's had! Of course, I think it helps that it was fresh and warm and all those good things that homemade food are! Thanks again.... I think this is going to be requested frequently!
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