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Kettle Corn

I have always been a big fan of homemade popcorn cooked on the stove top. I switched to microwave for a long time for the convenience. But nothing beats the taste of stove top popcorn. Even when I was little in my family I was the expert corn popper. Had it down to a science when I was 12 or 13. Every Saturday night I made the  popcorn. Sometimes we would make a big batch and head to the drive-in…remember those days? Those were some great times. Anyway…I went back to the stove top method because it tastes better plus it’s much cheaper.

I love kettle corn but had never made it before. So I tried making it a couple different ways. This way seems to be the best combination of recipes and it doesn’t burn easily. You have to be careful with sugar because it burns so quick. I adapted several recipes I liked adding the sugar after the kernels started popping a bit.

You’ll need:

1/3 cup oil (I used expeller pressed coconut oil)

1/3 cup popcorn

1/3 cup sugar (I used sucanat)

salt (I used sea salt)

Large pot with tight fitting lid. Not a dutch oven…tried that 🙁 big disaster. Anybody know how to get the burnt sugar off the bottom of my pan??? One attempt big failure!

Add oil and 3 kernels of popcorn to the pot.

Heat over medium high heat until the kernels pop.

Add the rest of the kernels.

Cover and shake, let popcorn start to pop. Add sugar.

Cover and shake and cook until the popping slows to 2 – 3 seconds between pops. Remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl. Don’t touch! Popcorn with sugar is HOT!

Stir and sprinkle with salt. Eat when cooled.

This will satisfy your sweet and salty cravings.

Shared at: All Star Block Party , Uncommon Design , The DIY Dreamer , Frugally Sustainable , Michelle’s Tasty Creations , Blooms Designs , Practically Functional , Katherine’s Corner , Loving This Crazy Life , GNOWFGLINS , Miz Helen’s Country Cottage , Everyday Tastes , Here Comes the Sun , My Turn(for us) , Food Renegade , Real Food Whole Health , Little Becky Homecky , Pamela’s Heavenly Treats

16 thoughts on “Kettle Corn”

  1. mer says:

    I had NO idea how to make this at home, and it looks like such fun! I’m thinking a yummy treat for the kids for movie night?!

    1. Diane says:

      It is really good, but be careful with the kids…the sugar is brning HOT!

  2. Jessi says:

    Yum! I just love kettle corn so I’ve got to try this! I usually make popcorn with our air popper machine, but it looks easy enough to do on the stove too 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

    1. Jessi says:

      We tried this today and it was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

      1. Jessi says:

        And I featured this on my blog today, so feel free to grab a Featured button if you’d like!

        1. Diane says:

          Thank you so much! That is a wondeful surprise to come home to. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. Tara @ Simply Made Home says:

    So good I pinned it! Great idea!

  4. Sheila says:

    To get burnt anything off the bottom of a pan: Fill the pot about halfway with water and add some baking soda (be generous). Bring to a gentle boil for about 20 minutes. The process might have to be repeated. The gunk will just boil off.

    This has worked like a charm more than once on my stainless steel pots.
    Good luck.


    1. Diane says:

      Thanks so much I will give it a try 🙂

  5. Katherines Corner says:

    I make my popcorn on the stove too! Okay to help with the burned on sugar you may want to try this. It is a go to fix for burned on stuff. Fill the burned pan with a mixture of water and dish-washing detergent. Use a few drops of detergent for each cup of water used. Place the pan on the stove and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about 20 minutes.Turn off the heat and let the pan sit with the water in it for at least 30 minutes to release the caked sugar. Wipe the pan clean using a towel. Use a scrubbing pad for stubborn spots.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party. I hope you have a wonderful weekend xo P.S. I’m having a party at Katherines Corner today and you are invited!

  6. Jelli says:

    Hi Diane, I’m so excited to try this. I love kettle corn. Thanks so much for participating in Little Becky Homecky’s June giveaway. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.. (I was the winner, yay!!)

    1. Diane says:


  7. Miz Helen says:

    Just pinned your great recipe, thanks for sharing on Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  8. Christine says:

    Ohhhh I’m going to try this! I can’t remember the last time I had Kettle Corn!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don’t forget to swing by this evening.. I can’t wait to see what you link up! 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    We LOVE kettle corn around here and I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. Have a great week.


  10. Pamela says:

    Now this is a wonderful healthy treat, I have never made I guess homemade popcorn, I will be trying this recipe, I know the kids would love this! Thanks for linking up at Heavenly Treats Sunday!

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