Monday, June 22, 2009

Kettle Corn

It was exactly what I needed for a Friday night snack: something different, cheap, and I had all the ingredients in the house. When my husband and I were in college (back in our dating days), we used to eat microwaved kettle corn almost every night. His roommate used to make fun of us then, and still brings it up when we see him these days. So we have a soft spot in our hearts for kettle corn.

I got the recipe off, and after reading all the reviews, got a little nervous about burning the sugar. I held my breath, and dumped the sugar and corn in together, and shook like crazy! It turned out great! Some of the pieces were clumped together, but they tasted the same as the rest!

The only drawback to this recipe would be something that applies if you're popping popcorn in a pan on the stove - it's a little scary with shooting hot's to be said when you're eating the popcorn to "watch out for kernels!" while you are shoveling this into your mouth. Expensive dental work does not know how yummy this popcorn is.

Make sure you scroll down and see the comments below from concession owner Steve...he's got some great tips!

I also linked this recipe to The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap. Go check out some great recipes over there!

Kettle Corn

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (we eat Jolly Time Popcorn at our house - gotta have the Sioux City pride!)

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Put 3 kernels in the oil, and once they pop, stir in the sugar and popcorn. Cover, and shake the pot constantly to keep the sugar from burning. Once the popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and continue to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. Pour into a large bowl, sprinkle with salt, and allow to cool.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking


  1. Sounds great! I don't usually eat kettle corn, but this might prompt me to give it a try again soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yum! We love kettle corn! :D