Tag: Whirley-Pop Popcorn Maker

Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn

Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn

If you like peanut butter, you’re going to love this Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn! It’s a new twist on our favorite Caramel Popcorn Recipe that’s easy to make and tastes great. Perfect for snacking on this fall or for putting in small trick-or-treat bags for 

Patriotic Popcorn Snack

Patriotic Popcorn Snack

I love to make snacks for our grandchildren, as I did for our girls when they were young. This Patriotic Popcorn Snack is not only tasty, but it’s colored with Red, White, and Blue, making it the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July. 

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn

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. 

Whirley-Pop Popcorn Maker

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!

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Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn

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 good and very easy. We use a Whirley Pop Cooker, but you can use a large kettle with a lid as well, shaking often.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amish Popcorn, Butter Flavored Coconut Oil, Flavacol, Popcorn, Sweet and Salty, Whirly Pop
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 4


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  • 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.
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