Kettle Corn

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A lot of people don’t realize how easy it is to make popcorn on the stove. I know I had no idea up until about 5 years ago. My popcorn-aholic friend mentioned that she always makes hers on the stove, so I tried it. I think it took me about two batches of regular salt and butter popcorn on the stove before it occurred to me that I could probably throw sugar on it and make my own kettle corn. Indeed, you can.

Whirley Pop

After about a year of making all of our popcorn stovetop, another friend of mine told me about the Whirley Pop. My husband, who also has a bit of a popcorn addiction, received our Whirley Pop as a Christmas gift, and let me tell you, movie nights have never been the same. Basically, the Whirley Pop is a big, lightweight pot. The lid snaps on and is split in half, so you can open just half to pour out the popped popcorn. The most important feature is the crank handle that rotates a “stirrer” at the very bottom of the pot. This keeps the kernels moving through the oil, eliminates burning, and allows almost every kernel to be popped. You can make this Kettle Corn with a Whirley Pop or you can use a large, heavy-bottomed pot–I’ll show you both ways. Here is the super simple recipe for Kettle Corn!

What You Needkettle corn ingredients

  • 2-3 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Orville Redenbacher popcorn kernels (I have not found a brand that comes close to popping as completely as this one)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • sea salt to taste

 

To Make Kettle Corn in a Whirley Pop

Step 1: Put the oil, popcorn kernels, and sugar in the Whirley Pop. Snap the lid on securely, and start cranking over medium heat.kettle corn in pot

Step 2: After a couple minutes, the popping will begin and then quickly pick up. Continue stirring until you can’t turn the handle anymore, and the popping begins to slow down with about 2 seconds between pops. I used my lovely, very serious assistant to help me get pictures of the process for you.stirring kettle corn

Step 3: Remove from heat. Carefully shake about a quarter of the popcorn out into a glass or metal bowl, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and repeat with remaining popcorn.  Serve and enjoy!salting kettle corn

Kettle Corn (Whirley Pop version)

A sweet & salty snack that is perfect for kids or for a crowd!

Course Snack
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Put the oil, popcorn kernels, and sugar in the Whirley pop. Snap the lid on securely, and start cranking over medium heat.

  2. Step 2: After a couple minutes, the popping will begin and then quickly pick up. Continue stirring until you can't turn the handle anymore, and the popping begins to slow down with about 2 seconds between pops.
  3. Step 3: Remove from heat. Carefully shake about a quarter of the popcorn out into a glass or metal bowl, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and repeat with remaining popcorn.  Serve and enjoy!

To Make Kettle Corn in a Large, Heavy-Bottom Pot with a Lid

Step 1: Put the oil and a couple kernels in the pot and begin heat over medium heat with the lid on. Get your popcorn and sugar ready to add–you will need to do this quickly and get the lid back on. 

Step 2: Once those couple kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels and “jiggle” the pot so that they form an even layer on the bottom. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the kernels and put the lid back on. (You do not want hot popcorn flying out at you!)

Step 3: Once it starts popping, continuously jiggle and move the pot back and forth to keep the kernels moving around. Listen for the popping to slow to every 1-2 seconds, then remove from the heat.

Step 4: Carefully pour out about a quarter of the popped corn into a glass or metal bowl and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Repeat until all of the popcorn is lightly salted. Serve and enjoy!kettle corn in bowl

Kettle Corn

This is a sweet & salty snack that is perfect for kids or for a crowd! 

Course Snack
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Put the oil and a couple kernels in the pot and begin heat over medium heat with the lid on. Get your popcorn and sugar ready to add--you will need to do this quickly and get the lid back on.
  2. Step 2: Once those couple kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels and "jiggle" the pot so that they form an even layer on the bottom. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the kernels and put the lid back on. (You do not want hot popcorn flying out at you!)
  3. Step 3: Once it starts popping, continuously jiggle and move the pot back and forth to keep the kernels moving around. Listen for the popping to slow to every 1-2 seconds, then remove from the heat.
  4. Step 4: Carefully pour out about a quarter of the popped corn into a glass or metal bowl and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Repeat until all of the popcorn is lightly salted. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe, you should use a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid.

I also recommend Orville Redenbacher popcorn. I've tried many other brands, and haven't found any other that pops as completely.

 

Who doesn’t love a sweet and salty snack like kettle corn? It’s so much fun (and cheap) to make your own!

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