Saturday, September 24, 2011

Homemade Kettle Corn

I used to make this for movie night when I lived at home with my parents.  It's very easy to make and is ready in about 6 minutes! 

1/4 cup oil (I've used vegetable and light olive oil.  Both work fine)
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/4 white sugar

1.  Have everything ready before you begin. Measure your corn and sugar and put into a bowl.  Pull out a large pot with a lid (I always use my 8 quart.  Do not use a dutch oven), two oven mitts, a wooden spoon, a large bowl to pour popped corn into, and salt.

2.  Pour your oil into your pot, add 3 corn kernels, cover, and heat over medium-high heat.

3.  Once the 3 kernels have popped, add the rest of your corn kernels and sugar.  Mix well and cover.
As soon as I put the lid on I rinse the sugar off my spoon.  It hardens quickly so I like to rinse it so I can use it later to mix the kettle corn with salt. 
4. After about 15-20 seconds, grip the handles of your pot and shake it.  Continue to shake your pot every 15-20 seconds until your kernels start popping.  Once they do, alternate between shaking and allowing pot to sit on burner a few moments.  When the popping slows down to 1 pop every few seconds, turn off the heat.  Give pot another shake, just for fun.
4.  Immediately pour kettle corn into your bowl and sprinkle with salt.  Stir, sprinkle more salt, then stir.


*Please do not add extra sugar when making this.  After your kitchen fills with smoke and your pot is filled with burnt will not like me anymore.  Just don't do it.

*This recipe takes practice to get the hang of when to shake your pot and when to let it sit.  Just listen to your kernels and judge by how quickly they're popping.

*After I've salted my kettle corn I like to fill my pot with soapy suds.  It makes clean up a breeze!

Source:  My memories...  Actually, I don't know.  Probably somewhere online.


  1. yum! i had no idea it was that simple! we will deff try it!

  2. I just saw a recipe for this the other day on Pinterest. I'll have to give this a shot!

  3. I just tried this after reading the recipe today. The kettle corn turned out delicious!!! It tastes just as good as the kind you can get at the fair and, in my opinion, much healthier! Thank you for this recipe!