Sharing my absolute, all-time, can’t-beat, would-never-give-up, FAVORITE snack… Homemade Kettle Corn. This simple kettle corn recipe is not only easy to make, it makes everyone I know happy. That is, until their bowl is empty.
What to say about homemade kettle corn….. I LOVE IT.
So much, guys.
In fact, I can’t think of anything I’d rather snack on during movies or family game night.
The salty-sweetness and crunch of a good kettle corn recipe are nearly more than I can bear. I can only make kettle corn when the whole family is at home, or else I will sit and eat the whole batch all by myself. We’re talking four quarts worth.
If you’ve never tried making homemade kettle corn, today’s the day. You probably already have everything you need in your pantry.
Start by making stovetop popcorn just like you normally would. Place a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat and add the popcorn kernels and oil. Cover the pot with a lid, but make sure to open the vent to let the steam escape.
Measure the sugar and salt, then listen as the popcorn pops.
Timing is everything in a good kettle corn recipe… You need to add the sugar at exactly the right moment. If you add it too early, the sugar will burn. Yet if you add it too late, the sugar won’t melt and coat the popcorn.
The moment the popping starts to slow and you can tell there are only a few kernels left to pop, add the sugar and salt (and a little cayenne for kick.) Toss it vigorously while the popcorn and pot are still hot. Tossing thoroughly will ensure the sugar melts and coats all the kernels.
Then dive in!
Homemade Kettle Corn is a great back-to-school lunch box item or after-school snack. My kids are heading back to school in just a couple weeks. You KNOW I’ll be ready with the kettle corn!
Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe
Yield: 4 quarts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 1/4 cup oil (vegetable oil, coconut oil, or grape seed oil)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 dashes cayenne pepper (optional)
- Place the oil and popcorn kernels in a large 6-8 quart heavy-bottomed pot with a lid. Shake the pot to cover the kernels in oil. Place the lid on the pot and open the vent. If your lid doesn't have a vent, offset the lid a little so there's a crack in the side.
- Place the pot over medium heat and wait for the kernels to start popping. Measure the sugar and salt so it's ready once the popcorn stops popping.
- The moment the kernels slow and are about to stop popping, open the pot and pour in the sugar, salt, and cayenne. Turn the heat off, hold the pot by the handles, and toss the popcorn in a circular motion. Do this quickly while the popcorn and pot are still hot so the sugar melts and coats the popcorn. If your pot isn't big enough to toss the popcorn, pour it out into a large bowl to toss, but work fast. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
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