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Our middle daughter loves Kettle Corn and always wants us to get some when we’re at a fair or festival. Here’s a recipe to try at home that is pretty tasty and very easy to make.
I use a Whirley-Pop popcorn maker, but you can use a large kettle with a lid as well, shaking often.
When I was a girl, my mom always made sweet popcorn on her Whirley-Pop. This was a popcorn made with shortening and sugar. It was my dad’s favorite snack, so that’s the way she always made it. She still does today.
My folks bought us a Whirley-Pop for Christmas one year when we were newly married. I like to make plain popcorn in it (using coconut oil and popcorn salt) as well as this Kettle Corn recipe. They are both equally delicious and make a great evening snack when you’re watching television or playing games or cards with family at the table.
Tips on Making Kettle Corn
After much trial and error, I have landed on a few popcorn supplies that I simply cannot live without. They are and will always be in my pantry. At least until I don’t have any more teeth and cannot eat popcorn anymore. They are:
- Amish Popcorn – We love the colorful, small kernels that you get when you buy this popcorn. The kernels pop up light and delicious.
- Papa Baldy’s Popcorn – On the other end of the spectrum is another brand of popcorn that is grown right here in Kansas. It’s jumbo-sized and is quite tasty. I highly recommend this popcorn as well. If used in this recipe, you will probably need 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon of kernels. I think a half-cup would blow the lid off of the Whirley-Pop.
- Coconut Popping Oil – Use this butter-flavored coconut oil instead of butter, cooking oil, or shortening. You will be amazed at the difference it makes to your popcorn. Theatre-quality. Better than theatre. I’m serious.
- Flavacol Popcorn Salt – This butter-flavored popcorn salt is simply wonderful. But be warned–a little goes a very long way. So, start off sparingly, and add more if needed.
- And last-but-not-least – a Whirley-Pop Popcorn Maker – Sure, you can make popcorn the old-fashioned way with a cast iron kettle, but one of these pans makes preparing popcorn so very easy.
I hope you will enjoy making and eating popcorn and this Kettle Corn a much as we do!
- Have ready a large bowl to place popcorn in when it is done cooking.
- In small bowl, combine sugars, popcorn salt, and popcorn kernels.
- Add oil to kettle. (This coconut oil is solid and will melt over heat.) Heat Whirly Pop on medium-high flame and add 3 kernels to test for the right temperature. When the kernels pop, quickly add sugar and popcorn mixture to the pan.
- Close the lid and start turning the handle until kernels are nearly done popping. (I like to let it go for 5-8 seconds without hearing any popping.) The cooking process may take up to 3 minutes.
- Transfer popcorn to a large bowl. Taste first, and sprinkle with more salt if desired. Serves 2-4.