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Here's how to make delicious kettle corn, a sweet and salty treat perfect for movie nights or snacks:

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Here's how to make delicious kettle corn, a sweet and salty treat perfect for movie nights or snacks:


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (or canola oil)
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oil: In a large pot with a lid (preferably a heavy-bottomed pot), heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.

  2. Test the oil (optional): You can test if the oil is hot enough by adding a few popcorn kernels. If they pop within 30 seconds, the oil is ready.

  3. Add a few kernels: Add a few popcorn kernels (around 3-5) to the hot oil. Once they pop, indicating the oil is hot enough, remove them from the pot.

  4. Pour the sugar: Carefully pour ¾ cup of granulated sugar into the hot oil. Be cautious, as hot oil and sugar can spatter. Swirl the pot gently to coat the bottom with the sugar.

  5. Add the popcorn kernels: Once the sugar starts to melt and dissolve slightly (it will become a light amber color), carefully add the popcorn kernels. Be careful again, as adding kernels to hot oil can cause splattering.

  6. Shake and listen: Give the pot a good shake to distribute the kernels and sugar coating. Cover the pot with the lid, leaving a small gap for steam to escape. Keep shaking the pot occasionally to prevent burning.

  7. Listen for popping: As the kernels start popping, listen closely. The popping will become slower and more infrequent as the kernels finish popping.

  8. Remove from heat: Once the popping slows down significantly, with only a few pops between pauses (around 2-3 seconds between pops), remove the pot from the heat immediately.

  9. Season with salt: Pour the hot kettle corn into a large bowl. Carefully sprinkle the ½ teaspoon of salt over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly.

1**0. Enjoy! Let the kettle corn cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your delicious homemade kettle corn!


  • A heavy-bottomed pot helps distribute heat evenly and prevents burning.
  • Be careful when working with hot oil. Avoid crowding the pot with too many kernels, as this can prevent even popping.
  • If you prefer a stronger caramel flavor, you can add a tablespoon of brown sugar along with the granulated sugar.
  • For a little extra sweetness, you can drizzle melted butter or maple syrup over the kettle corn after it's cooked.
  • You can also add a twist to your kettle corn by experimenting with different spices or flavorings. For example, try adding a pinch of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or even cocoa powder for a chocolatey twist.

Enjoy making and savoring your homemade kettle corn

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