Homemade Kettle Corn

We stumbled upon this kettle corn recipe online. After testing it many times, we finally found the directions that give us the best kettle corn! You may have to vary these directions depending on how your stove works (ours is gas, the pot gets hot VERY fast)


  • 1 TBSP oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • salt (to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)


  1. Mix together sugar and cinnamon (if using), set aside
  2. Heat 1 TBSP oil in large pot over medium to medium-high heat
  3. Drop in 5 popcorn kernels
  4. Spread oil around pan (adjust heat so that oil doesn’t burn)
  5. After first kernel pops, add 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
  6. Use a splatter screen to protect yourself from popping corn kernels
  7. Shake the pot so that the kernels don’t burn
  8. After ~20 kernels have popped, sprinkle sugar mixture over the popcorn (the sugar will cool the popcorn down for about 30 seconds, so grab a spoon and make sure kernels are coated with sugar)
  9. Continue to vigorously shake pot to keep kernels and popcorn from burning
  10. Once 85% of the kernels have popped, pour popcorn into bowl and add salt to taste

WARNING: Freshly popped popcorn will be VERY hot (hot oil + hot sugar= burns!) Wait about a minute before devouring your delicious concoction!

You can also add cinnamon into your sugar mixture, Daniel thinks the final cinnamon-kettle corn tastes like Apple Cinnamon Cheerio’s (I think it just tastes delicious!)

Homemade Kettle Corn

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