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How To Make Kettle Corn At Home

By Edited Jun 1, 2015 8 16

Here's my recipe for making great quality kettle corn at home.

It's not as hard as you think to make awesome kettle corn

how to make kettle corn at home

I love kettle corn, and I got tired of paying over $5 for it at the grocery store so I learned how to make kettle corn at home. Most people love kettle corn and it’s WAY too expensive. I taught myself how to do this at home last year in 3 minutes for around $.50 per bowl and after tons of positive reviews, I thought to would let everybody know how to make it. This recipe is the product of more than 20 tries. 


Mike’s Kettle Corn


1/4 cup vegetable oil (don't use other oils or butter...other oils taste odd and butter burns)

1/4 cup white sugar (tried brown, nearly burned my house down twice)

1/2 cup popcorn

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 large non-stick pot with lid


Pour the oil into the pot and throw 2 or 3 kernels of popcorn in with it. Cover the pot and let it heat until the kernels start to pop. When this happens, remove the lid and pour the 1/2 cup of popcorn and 1/4 cup of sugar in with the oil. Keep the mixture on high heat and cover. Shake the pot over the heat, do not let it stand still! It will burn almost immediately. Shake continuously until the popping slows to around 1 per second. Remove from heat and continue to shake with the lid on until it slows a little more (this is so it doesn't continue popping in the bowl and get all over your counter). Pour the popped corn into a large bowl and shake some salt over it. Shake it around in the bowl and salt it again. Let it cool and enjoy.

This recipe is every bit as good as the stuff you find in stores and costs only around 75 cents per bowl. It is possible to make kettle corn at home using a popcorn machine, but I prefer the old-fashioned way.



Sep 12, 2012 6:56am
Good feature! I must try this myself. I once made some but it turned out just OK. Never thought to use sugar, so that may have been the problem. Thanks for the recipe.
Sep 12, 2012 7:14pm
yum! cant wait to try this popcorn recipe out.
Sep 13, 2012 6:42am
I've always just sprinkled sugar on when it's done popping but with fairly mediocre results, will give your recipe a good next time, thanks.
Sep 14, 2012 2:54am
hmmm... yummy.

Congrats on the feature..!!! Will try out your reciepe...
Sep 14, 2012 5:25am
flything - when you add sugar to the oil before the kernels pop, it caramelizes it and coats the whole thing when it pops...so much better!
Sep 16, 2012 3:10pm
Gonna try it out ....

Congrats on the feature!
Jan 6, 2013 2:13pm
Thank you, hope you liked it!
Sep 18, 2012 8:09am
Thanks for the how-to! I've tried 'making' kettle corn by sprinkling salt and sugar during the popping process, and that was okay, but I have GOT to try this.
Sep 18, 2012 8:10pm
I love kettle corn. Thanks for the recipe, and congratulations on being featured!
Sep 19, 2012 12:35pm
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Sep 19, 2012 12:35pm
I appreciate the way you give a reason why not to use any other oil than vegetable. Great tip and the white sugar tip too. Thanks, I would not want to burn my house down.
The simply to follow instruction to actually making the Kettle corn is appreciated. I took the time to write down the recipe and placed it in my roller-desk. Yes, I still use them to keep organized and to keep everything I need within fingers reach.

I will try to make it come Fall. I bake and cook a lot more in the Fall and Winter. Thanks so much for the easy to follow awesome recipe.
Sep 19, 2012 10:02pm
That sounds fantastic. Thanks for such clear instructions!
Jan 2, 2013 10:36pm
Most welcome.
Sep 21, 2012 5:49am
Its Yummyyyyyyyyyyy!
Jan 2, 2013 10:36pm
Glad you like it!
Sep 24, 2012 9:47am
Thanks for the recipe. My wife really loves Kettle Korn! I am a fan as well but I lean towards the butery and salty side. Nice Article and gratz on the feature.
Jan 2, 2013 10:35pm
Thanks all for reading
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