Homemade Kettle Corn

It’s officially fall – one of the best times of the year, and not just because Grey’s Anatomy is back on!  A co-worker brought in kettle corn recently, my favorite fall treat, and it reminded me just how much I love it.  Consequently, while watching Grey’s last week I had a craving for kettle corn.  Trader Joe’s carries Kettle Corn in a bag, but the nearest Trader Joe’s is all the way in Orland and it’s not very economical to drive all the way out there just for popcorn.  I decided to go online and to see if there were any recipes.  I tried a few and came up with the best combination.

(Please bear in mind that we have one of those Whirly-Pop Popcorn makers.  I don’t know how this would work without it because the sugar would burn.)


  • 1/4 c. popcorn or olive oil
  • 1/4 c. white sugar (I tried brown and don’t recommend it – disgusting)
  • 1/2 c. popcorn kernels

Put oil in hot Whirley Popper and put in 3 popcorn kernels.  Once they pop the oil is hot enough to add the sugar and kernels.  Spin the handle constantly to keep the kernels and sugar moving and shake every 15-30 seconds.  (FYI – use a potholder for the hand that’s not on the crank and make sure the pot holder isn’t hanging down too far.  I’ve both burned my hand and started a kitchen towel on fire while making popcorn on the stove, albeit not recently.)

Once popping has slowed to every second or so, remove from heat and remove lid of popper.  Shake contents and salt lightly.  Shake again to mix it up and salt one more time.  Spread onto a cookie sheet.  After popcorn has cooled, break apart and serve.  YUM!  Hope you like it!


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