Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is salty-sweet perfection. It is deeeeeeelicious. And it impresses people. Maybe they don’t know how easy it is?

All you need is a big, heavy bottomed pot, two oven mitts, popcorn, oil, sugar and salt. You heat the oil, add the kernels, sprinkle with sugar, close the lid and… SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!

Shake it shake shake shake it shake it like a Polaroid picture.

Be very careful at first, the caramelized sugar is very hot and very sticky. Danger.

But do sprinkle it right away with salt to take advantage of the stickiness. The popcorn gets better and better as it cools and the sugar forms a very thin crispy layer.

You can add more sugar if you like a thicker crispy sugar layer…

Pardon me for keeping this short. I have been spending loooong days in front of a computer screen as of late, and my poor, strained eyes can’t take much more. If they could talk they would be moaning, “sunlight… please… give us sunnnnliiiight….”.

And really, the kettle corn speaks for itself: Comfort. Food.

Your friends will love you.

You might make new friends.

Your dog will love it, too. (Hmm, maybe that’s why he’s been puking all day?)

Just make it, okay?

kettle corn

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup popping corn
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • salt, to taste

Drop 3 kernels of popping corn into the oil in a large heavy-bottomed, lidded pot over medium-high heat. Close the lid and wait till you hear three pops.

Quickly add remaining popping corn and sprinkle with sugar. Close the lid once again, and, wearing oven mitts, give it a good shake.

Cook, shaking the pot regularly, until there are more than a few seconds between pops. Remove from heat and leave lid on until popping stops completely.

Sprinkle with salt and stir with a big spoon. Be careful, as you are dealing with very hot sugar. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

  • Rmlbrown

    Had to try this when I heard you mention it last summer, it is our weakness…might just have to make some tonight! 

    • Anonymous

      I think you should… :-)

  • Sarah Mouchot

    Yum! Why do you call this kettle corn and not pop corn though?

    • Anonymous

      It is popcorn, too!  But kettle corn is popcorn popped with sugar! :-) 

  • Fer

    hi, how big is your pot?

    • Anonymous

      I use my big, heavy stock pot… Use a big one!

  • Unhip Squirrel

    I remember eating this on LOST nights.. amazing. I made it a few times myself. I made myself sick, but it was so worth it…

    • Anonymous

      It’s my LOST night snack of choice, too. :-)

  • Denise Whaley

    I love kettle corn – have you ever tried making it with brown sugar? It is so heavenly, reminds one of caramel corn!

    • Anonymous

      I have tried it with brown sugar, but it wasn’t my favourite! Different strokes for different folks, I suppose ;-)

  • Cynthia Tracey

    I made this for everyone for snack at work . It was a huge hit!!!!! I made copies of your recipe and passed them along. Everyone took one .

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Cindy!!! :-)