Kettle Korn

I love kettle korn (corn?). To me, it’s the only sane reason to go to the county fair.

This was my first time making homemade popcorn. Have you done this? It’s downright scary! I was quickly contemplating whether this silly snack was going to be worth the 3rd degree burns I feared receiving. (Who needs bungee jumping when you can just pop corn in your own kitchen? Adrenaline rush anyone?)

So, first you heat some oil a big skillet, drop some corn in and wait for it…. wait for it…. suddenly this corn starts bursting louder than the 4th of July. All while you are HOLDING & SHAKING the pan in which all this explosive activity is happening!! I needed a sit down after. Luckily, I had a big bowl of perfectly airy, sticky-sweet, & salty popcorn to comfort me.

Homemade Kettle Korn

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1/4 cup oil

3 Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. salt

Heat oil over high heat in large skillet with tight fitting lid.

Drop in popcorn kernels. Sprinkle sugar & salt over kernels before the magic happens (believe me, its safer this way)

Put oven mitts on each hand. Grasp skillet handle with one hand & tightly hold lid in place with the other while gently shaking the skillet over the fire.

Allow corn to pop & take off heat (leaving lid on for a minute or so to allow remaining corn to pop). Give a good stir to distribute sugar & salt evenly.

Makes 8-10 cups

adapted from Joy the Baker


2 Responses to “Kettle Korn”

  1. tonya (mom) Says:

    LOL! what a sissy…i’ve been doing that since i was 5! we didn’t have those fancy air poppers, and for sure not the stuff in the bags when i was growing up! i usually did all the shaking when mom made popcorn balls. I thought you were going to try those sometimes? mom

  2. autumnkeeton Says:

    i will. pinky promise. (maybe you can come make the popcorn, brave one.)

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