This homemade Kettle Corn is the BEST homemade Kettle corn recipe you are going to find! I say that as a kettle corn fanatic! This recipe tastes JUST like what you get when you go to a fair. The perfect combination of sweet and salty with this delicious popcorn recipe!
Homemade Kettle Corn
My favorite part of fairs is the kettle corn. My husband likes to joke around saying that I’m a blood hound for kettle corn because i can smell it miles away and then I go and find it. I am not leaving the fair grounds until I get a bite (well, a lot more then one) of the awesome flavors.
I LOVE Kettle Corn! Seriously I love it and I have no shame at all with how much I love it!
I have tried many of the microwave kettle corns that you can get at the grocery store but nothing tasted like real stuff. Seriously, don’t waste your time or money on them. They are sooo NOT worth even trying to make.
I was having a talk with a family member about kettle corn, which lead to them sharing this amazing homemade kettle corn recipe with me. Which also then lead to the dangerous point that I am at now, where I can have kettle corn in under 15 minutes from the time I start wanting it.
When I tried this recipe I felt like I was back at a fair! Seriously, no other recipe has ever compared to the sweet and salty combo that this recipe gives you!
What is Kettle Corn?
As I am going on and on about how amazing kettle corn is, I realized some of you may have never heard of it. Kettle corn is popcorn that has both sugar and salt that combined give it the most amazing flavor. The popcorn is popped either on the stove, or in a popcorn popper with the sugar so the sugar melts all over the popcorn. Once the popcorn is cooked, then you add the salt and you have the most amazing snack ever!
When to Eat Kettle Corn
There is no right or wrong time to eat kettle corn. It is one of my favorite things to snack on!
But I highly suggest if you are making this for movie night, that you make a large bowl for everyone before you start the movie. Otherwise you are going to find yourself missing the movie while making everyone more kettle corn.
How to Know when to Add Popcorn Kernels to oil
The easiest way to make sure your oil is hot enough is to add your oil in your pot or popcorn popper and then add a few popcorn kernels. When those kernels pop you’ll know the oil is hot enough to pop all of your popcorn kernels.
Ways to Pop Popcorn for Kettle Corn
There are quite a few different ways that you can make the popcorn to make this homemade kettle corn. Use which ever method is easiest for you or the appliance that you have.
On The Stove Popper
When I am making kettle corn, I just use the biggest pot with a lid that I have or my Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn maker. Whichever one I am in the mood to use. However it is MUCH easier to use a Whirley Pop. This is what my family member uses, and while I should probably get one for myself with how much kettle corn I make.
Use a Whirley Pop
You can make this homemade kettle corn using a popcorn popper, a large pan on the stove or the Whirley Pop, all of them will give you the same amazing kettle corn at the end. If you are using a Whirley Pop, then you will want to make sure once all the kernels are popped, that you give the pot a good shake.
Use a large Pot on the stove
Add the Sugar, coconut oil, and the popcorn kernels into the pot over medium heat.
If you are making this popcorn recipe on the stove with a large pot, there are a few things you must know about making this recipe. First, and MOST IMPORTANT, you MUST stir continuously until all of the kernels are popped.
You will turn your stove to medium high heat and leave it there the whole time you are cooking it. Once you have the popcorn popped you want to remove the pot from the stove and turn it off right away. Once you remove the pot from the stove you want to shake the pot before you add the salt to it.
Use a Popcorn Popper
If you are using a popcorn popper like the Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn maker, you want to add the popcorn kernels and then add sugar on top of them while they are still unpopped.
Kettle Corn Ingredients
Coconut oil. There are different oils you can use to make kettle corn on the stove, however I love using coconut oil because it is a healthy fat and while this is a treat I do want to keep it semi healthy too.
Sugar. Using an artificial sugar is not going to work for this recipe. You want the real deal sugar when making kettle corn at home.
Popcorn kernels. All you need is basic popcorn kernels, however you can use the organic popcorn kernels, the white or yellow popcorn kernels all the same.
Popcorn salt. Or if you don’t have any of that on hand you can use your normal table salt, it will work just fine.
How to Make Homemade Kettle Corn
Add the coconut oil to your popcorn popper, pot.
Place a few popcorn kernels into your popper and when those kernels pop you’ll know the oil is hot enough.
Once the oil is hot enough, add the popcorn and then add the sugar on top of the popcorn.
Cook your popcorn until all the kernels have popped, or until you have a 1 second gap in hearing kernels pop.
Pour it into your favorite popcorn bowl and sprinkle with popcorn salt and shake it around for a few minutes so it does not stick together.
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Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- salt Popcorn salt to taste
- Add the coconut oil to your popcorn popper.
- Place a few popcorn kernels into your popper and when those kernels pop you’ll know the oil is hot enough.
- Once the oil is hot enough, Add the popcorn and then add the sugar on top of the popcorn.
- Cook your kettle corn until all the kernels have popped, or until you have a 1 second gap in hearing kernels pop.
- Pour it into your favorite popcorn bowl and sprinkle with popcorn salt and shake it around for a few minutes so it does not stick together.
12 Weight Watchers Smartpoints per serving on the Freestyle program.
Comments & Reviews
This is how I make keytle corn also, but I use a whirly popper. Easiest way to stir. The grands love it when I add food coloring.
Oops sorry kettle corn I do know how to spell but my fingers move faster then my brain
My sister-in-law was the one who taught me this recipe and she always uses her whirly pop.
Amazing Kettle Corn! We loved it! We also added a bit of butter after.