Homemade Kettle Corn in 4 Easy Steps!

I get a little giddy when I stumble across a recipe that not only tastes amazing, but saves money too. Kettle corn is one of those recipes. I must confess that I am currently on a “Gilmore Girls” marathon, (so no spoilers on what happens in Season 7 please!). But that also means that I need a good munchie for when I’m all tucked up in bed watching the TV drama unfold. I present to you… homemade kettle corn! If you’ve never tried it, back away from the microwave and keep reading. Kettle corn is popcorn that is sweetened with sugar but still has the nice salty taste too. Some people also sprinkle a dash of cayenne to round out the sweet, salty, and spicy flavors, but I keep mine pretty simple.

Now here’s the best part, it will save you money! In my local grocery store a box of cheap-o microwave popcorn (about 8 bags) costs $4.99. If you want organic, healthy popcorn you are looking upwards at $5.99! I saw that and thought, “um, no thanks”. I’m not paying $6.00 for 8 pre-measured bags of microwave popcorn that tastes “okay” (at best), when I can buy a huge bag of popcorn kernels for $2.50 and flavor it how I want! Are you following me? 😀 Once you try this popcorn recipe on the stove, I promise you, you’ll never want to revert back to the microwave. And! (This is the best part of all). You can begin experimenting with different flavor combinations. Craving something salty and sour? Try salt, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and butter. Want something spicy? Sprinkle some cayenne and ancho chili powder on with a dash of grated Cheddar cheese to tone it down. The possibilities are endless!

So enjoy this super easy, economical recipe everyone and let’s get cooking!

Homemade Kettle Corn in 4 Easy Steps:

Courtesy of: Taste of Home: Recipes Across America Cookbook

Serves: 12 servings

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. (Mise en place!) You will need: 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons canola oil, 3 tablespoons butter (melted), and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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Step 2: In a large pot (with a lid), drizzle in your oil and turn on to medium heat. Add the popcorn, salt, and sugar and stir with a spoon to evenly mix as the pot begins to heat up.

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Step 3: Once the kernels are evenly coated, cover the pot with a lid and begin shaking the pot to roll the kernels around in the pan. (Put on your favorite song and shake shake shake!). The popcorn will begin popping within 3-4 minutes. Cut the heat off and keep shaking until the popping stops.

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Step 4: Uncover and serve the popcorn hot. Enjoy!

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