Do you love Kettle Corn? Have you been to fairs and festivals where you have seen this wonderful snack for sale? I have, and I wanted to make it at home. I think whatever can be done out of the house, can be prepared at home.
You may not know this, but Kettle Corn was originally made in the 18th century thanks to our Dutch Settlers. Yes, initially this was made in a large kettle over an open flame. Don’t let the fact you don’t have a large open fire, and a big kettle to stop you from making this at home. You can make Kettle Corn from scratch at home.
For this, I have made this in a standard pot with a lid, and I have recently made this in my Whirley Pop. I love to make popcorn in my Whirley Pop. It has an arm in the pot that your crank a handle on and it keeps the popcorn in motion that is perfect for making Kettle Corn. It is simply an excellent way to make popcorn, and if you love making popcorn, it will save your everyday pots from heavy cleaning from the oil that can spatter around in your pot.
For this recipe, you can use most cooking oils. I will either use coconut oil, or I will use a neutral oil. Someone will ask me if they can use olive oil; I haven’t tried it. I typically use canola oil, or corn oil, if I am not using coconut oil. I love the flavor of coconut oil; the popcorn just tastes better to me when I use the coconut oil.
If you don’t use a Whirley Pop popcorn popper, you may get some sugar that will burn on the bottom of your pan. If you are using a stainless steel pan, you can simply add some water to the pan, and set the pan on the stove, and boil the water for about 10 to 15 minutes and then scrub out the burnt sugar. Don’t let this stop you from making the Kettle Corn, a potential pan is just collateral damage to this fine tasting treat.
When making this popcorn you will want first to heat the oil, and then add in all at once, the sugar, the salt, and the popcorn. Be diligent when popping, you may even want to gently shake the pan over the heat. This may help the popcorn from burning. Ideally, the kettle corn shouldn’t brown too much, but, rather, the sugar should be invisible over the popcorn.
How to Make Kettle Corn
- 1/4 cup coconut oil vegetable oil is ok
- 1/4 cup popcorn
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large pot add oil over high heat. Heat oil for a moment or two, and add popcorn, sugar, and salt. If using a Whirley Pop start to turn the handle. Pop popcorn and remove from heat as you hear the popping begin to wind down. If using a standard pot you may want want to gently agitate the pot while cooking. Place popcorn into a bowl immediately.