Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe

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.

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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!

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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

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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17 comments on “Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe

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  2. Alison @ Ingredients, Incposted September 8, 2014 at 5:59 am Reply

    My kids will love this!

  3. Marla Meridithposted August 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Fabulous popcorn!!

    Rating: 5
  4. Amandaposted August 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply


    Rating: 5
  5. Anne M Hughesposted August 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Hahahahaha…. That’s hysterical…. “Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.” hahahaha – as if it would last for more than 3 minutes with my fiends!

  6. Julieposted August 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Each summer we go the town parade, and each time we buy big bags of kettle corn and spend a lot of money. Now we can make our own!

  7. Teresa @ A Cup of DIYposted August 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Love kettle corn! Only got it once a year at a festival when I was younger. It was such a special treat. My husband would love this because he only likes popcorn with sugar! It’s a European thing! ;-)

  8. Gabyposted August 15, 2014 at 8:15 am Reply

    I love kettle corn, maybe a little too much! Can’t wait to make this!!

  9. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 15, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply

    Our youngest daughter is not a popcorn fan, but she LOVES kettle corn. Can’t wait to make this for her! (and me!!)

  10. Mariaposted August 15, 2014 at 7:16 am Reply

    We love making kettle corn!

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted August 15, 2014 at 9:12 am Reply

    This is one of my family’s favorite snacks!

    Rating: 5
  12. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 15, 2014 at 7:10 am Reply

    I will definitely have to try this! I normally just throw the kernels into a paper bag and microwave it.

  13. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted August 15, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

    Kettle corn is our favorite! This looks so good!

  14. Heather Christoposted August 15, 2014 at 6:58 am Reply

    Your kettle corn looks perfect! This is a favorite in my house, but I don’t think mine ever looks that good!

  15. Tieghanposted August 15, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    My family loves all popcorn and this kettle corn looks beyond delicious!

  16. Robin @ Simply Southern Bakingposted August 15, 2014 at 6:11 am Reply

    Love kettle corn! I need to make this at home.

  17. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted August 15, 2014 at 4:39 am Reply

    I have a secret obsession with microwave popcorn. As in I eat it for lunch, multiple times for week. I also guess that’s not a secret anymore.
    I have been pondering not being so lazy and making it myself, and then you posted this! Perfect! Pinned :)