Kettle Corn

Thing 1 had a bright idea this morning – popcorn!  I haven’t popped any in months.  My mom almost always made me popcorn on the stove.  When I was little she’s buy Jiffy Pop poppers.  {Tell me you remember how fun it was to watch the big silver balloon puff up.}  When I got older, she’d make it in a large pot; add a little melted butter and salt and voila!   Maybe this is why I’ve never liked store bought microwave popcorn or movie theater butter.  It’s all so greasy and just not as yummy.  But I can handle the “homestyle” microwave popcorn.  It’s closer to home – hence the name.  If you’ve never popped popcorn yourself, it’s ridiculously easy and worth a try. Ad since you’re controlling the butter/salt into you can have more – because it’s healthier.  Or something like that.

Kettle Corn | White Lights on Wednesday

{The sugar clumps up when you add it in.  Don’t worry.  Everything is going to be okay.}

  I made kettle corn as a party favor at Thing 1’s buggy birthday party back in July.  The popcorn had nothing to do with the party theme, it was just something yummy to send home with all the kids.  Truth be told, I accidentally made a double batch by adding too much sugar at the beginning.  I had to compensate with extra popcorn…darn.

Kettle Corn FEAT

Kettle Corn

Make a batch of deliciously sweet Kettle Corn at home! It's easier than you think!
Course Snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Julie Espy


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add one popcorn kernel – when it pops the oil is ready.
  2. Add popcorn kernels and sugar. Stir constantly to prevent sugar from burning. When popping starts, cover pot with lid. Shake pan over burner during popping to prevent sugar from burning.
  3. When popping has slowed to 2 or 3 seconds between pops, remove pot from heat and pour into a large bowl. Stir kettle corn to prevent lumps. {Be careful, sugar will be hot.} Cool and try not to eat the entire bowl in one sitting.



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