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Kettle Corn Recipe. It's Simple You Can Make It

Updated on May 1, 2012

Don't Like Microwave Popcorn?

This recipe will take you places in movie-land. It's Katie's, and so I begged her to share it on my hubpages. I admit that I am becoming an addict. That's how good it is. You need to try it for yourself.

Kettle corn is super-easy to make. So easy that it probably isn't worth a blog entry, but most people seem surprised that I make it at home and so I thought I would share my recipe. We do have a stove top popcorn popper (thanks to my godson, Kevin!) and that makes the job even easier. You can get a simple corn popper for less than $20 from Amazon. However, you can use any large pot to make popcorn on the stove if you don't have a popper. In fact sometimes the traditional way comes out even better.

  • Hands on time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 5 minutes
  • Music selection: well, this goes so quickly, there's no time for music!


  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 1/4 cup oil (we use peanut oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar


Heat the oil in the popper. You might want to throw in a kernel or two, when the oil starts bubbling around the kernels, the oil is ready. Mix the sugar in with the kernels before pouring them into the pan. It's important to add the popcorn and the sugar at the same time to prevent the sugar from burning. Stir the popcorn continuously until it is all popped. Immediately pour the popcorn into the bowl and top with a generous shaking of salt.

*** We are big fans of stove top popcorn. Once you start making it, you'll never go back to the microwave stuff! One great bonus to this method, you can definitely save the popcorn and eat it the next day - can't do that with microwave popcorn, which begins to taste bad as soon as it cools off. An alternative for this recipe is to use brown sugar and increase the amount, then you'll have caramel corn! Enjoy!


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    • Fuller-Life profile image

      Fuller-Life 6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Stessily. Hope you are doing great. I'll try to use your oil. Sounds like a great idea. Thanks.

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      stessily 6 years ago

      Fuller-Life: Kettle corn is my favorite. I especially like to use safflower oil, which imparts such a gentle nuance to everything it touches. By the way, I noticed on The Tiny Kitchen blog that you and Katie rarely shop with a list. That's my style of shopping as well; I'm pleasantly surprised by what tugs at my attention as I stroll through the store, particularly the produce.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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      Fuller-Life 6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh...yes, me too. I understand why he loves it. lol

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Going to give this a try,my son loves kettle corn!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Fuller-Life 6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Dexter. Great to meet you. I've honestly been freed from microwave popcorn for almost a year now, except at the movies where I'm not allowed to smuggle my own.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      I love Kettle Corn and this is just the hub I needed. Thanks so much for sharing. I will soon be able to forget about microwave popcorn! Awesome hub!