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Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe
How to Make Kettle Corn

Our homemade kettle corn recipe, including video, shows you how to easily make kettle corn on the stove. It is a little time consuming but it's worth the fresh homecooked taste.

If you want to speed things up you can always microwave kettle corn or use a popper. We show you how at the bottom of this page.

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Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 5)

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 1/4 cup white sugar (see substitutes for different flavors)


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels


  • Directions

    In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add 3 popcorn kernels. Once the kernels pop, add the sugar and salt. After the sugar and salt dissolve add the remaining popcorn kernels. Cover the pot.

    To avoid burning the kettle corn follow the 3-second-shake-and-wait method:
    Leave the pot on the burner for 3 seconds, then remove it and shake it. Return to burner for another 3 seconds and repeat this process until the popping has slowed to once every 2 - 3 seconds.

    Pour into a large bowl. Stir occasionally while cooling to break up clumps.

    Substitutions and Additions

    Using white sugar creates a popcorn ball flavor. Substitute brown sugar for a carmel corn flavor. Cinnamon tastes great in this recipe too!

    How to Make Kettle Corn Video

    Making Microwave Kettle Corn Video



    Of course you could skip this whole process and just buy delicious, microwavable Jolly Time Healthy Pop Kettle Corn!

    Making Kettle Corn
    in a Popper or Cooker


    There are several poppers and cookers for kettle corn on the market.

    Amazon offers one that is fairly priced and works great. It comes with a great recipe book for lots of sweet treats.

    This recipe will also work with this popper.












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