The Best Kettle Corn Recipe


Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 6 min
Yields: Serves 2-5 People

Kettle Corn Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Popcorn
  • 1-1 1/2 Tablespoon(s) Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar

How to Get the Best Kettle Corn

  1. Scoop out 1 to 1 ½ of coconut oil and pour into the CHEFS Stainless-steel popper.
  2. Turn gas stove on to one of the top two settings (you want to make sure the flame covers as much as the pot as possible).
  3. Once the coconut oil melts completely (if it was in a solid state), drop a couple of kernels in the pot. This step is important as it helps serves as a gauge to how hot the oil is and how close the kernel is to popping. When the oil around the kernel begins to bubble and sizzle proceed to the next step.
  4. Pour half cup of popcorn into the pot.
  5. Pour salt into the pot and turn the handle one to two full turns to mix the popcorn, salt and oil.
  6. Pour sugar into the popper just below popping begins. See Kettle Corn notes at the bottom for more details on this step.
  7. Begin mixing the sugar by turning the handle. Popping should commence within a minute or so of pouring the sugar into the pot. When popping begins to slow remove it from the stove and pour the kettle corn into an empty bowl.
  8. Remove popper from burner as soon as popping slows down to prevent burning.

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Kettle Corn Tips and Tricks

When you pour the kettle corn from the popper into a bowl you may notice that the corn is sticking to each other forming a huge block. Sugar causes this and can be easily remedied by break it up with a kitchen utensil. I use a fork.

Obviously, if you deviate from the amount of ingredients will not destroy the taste of the kettle corn. Some people will like a little more sugar while others prefer less. The same holds true for the amount of salt as well. This is what makes homemade kettle corn great! You get to control how much or how little of an ingredient you want. You do not have to worry about whether the kettle corn you purchased at a fair or theme park is too salty or not sugary enough. If you like a ton of sugar in your kettle corn please be mindful that sugar burns easily so make you dump it in the pot right as your popcorn starts popping to limit or prevent burning.

Please keep in mind this recipe is based off of using the CHEFS Stainless-Steel Popcorn popper. If you are using another popper or just a plain pot you may have to adjust the amounts of the ingredients.

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