Recipe for Kettle Corn

by Merissa on November 24, 2014

in Recipes

Recipe for Kettle Corn - Little House Living

Recipe for Kettle Corn

Snack Attack!!! Yes, around this time of year, when we change the clocks and it gets dark earlier then ever, we usually need a snack to get through the long evening. It also becomes an afternoon of needing a snack, when the snow is falling to the ground and we are stuck inside.

So....we end up eating a lot of popcorn and especially our new favorite, kettle corn, for something different. This seems to be a cost-effective, light, crunchy, savory, sweet snack that isn't so bad for us and just helps tide us over until mealtime or bedtime.

I think over time, I have used every kind of way to make popcorn, depending on the season of life. Using a stainless steel version, (like this one on Amazon) has become our favorite method of making popcorn and we think it has the best flavor.

So, here is how we make our recipe for kettle corn:

Cooking Kettle Corn on the Stove

Get out your popcorn popper and place it on the stove at low temperature.

Add in:

  • 3 Tablespoons of your favorite Coconut Oil (Where to Buy)
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic Cane Sugar (you can add in up to 3 T. per batch, if you like it very sweet)
  • 1/2 cup Popcorn Kernals

Use a low temperature, just to get everything melted.

Once you see your oil melted with the sugar dissolved into it (make sure you are turning your handle), you are ready to close the lid and turn up the heat.

Turn your heat to medium and use that handle to continue to "stir" everything up. We do this throughout the whole popping time to insure that none of the popcorn sticks or gets browned or burned.

Finished Kettle Corn

Once you don't hear any further popping, thats it. It is done!!

Be careful emptying it into the bowl. There is steam escaping and make sure that one side of your popper is shut securely, or you will have popcorn all over the floor (I know!!)

That's it!! It is so nice and tender with a slight sugary crisp to it.

Recipe for Kettle Corn

You can eat it as is or if you choose, you can melt some butter and add that to it, also. You can't beat this sweet and savory treat....anytime of the day!


Love popcorn? Here's a fun gift that you can make for someone this holiday season! Caramel Popcorn in a Jar.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barb Wright November 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

Ooh..thanks for this one!!! We eat alot of popcorn and I LOVE kettlecorn!! I bet I’ll make some tonight……


2 Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me November 24, 2014 at 8:07 am

My Dad use to make kettle corn for us and I just love the stuff. thanks for sharing the recipe.


3 Leslie @ House on the Way November 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I love kettle corn. Thank you so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! I’m pinning for later.
Happy Thanksgiving,


4 Stephanie November 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I really want to start popping my own popcorn. My daughter loves kettle corn and she’d love to do this. Thanks for sharing this at Twirl & Take A Bow. I’m going to go look for a popcorn popper.


5 Amby Felix November 29, 2014 at 3:47 am

I absolutely LOVE kettle corn and would love to make it at home! I can smell it already!!!


6 Jen @ Save to Splurge November 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

Kettle corn is one of my favorite snacks to munch on this time of year! Or any time, really! Pinning for when I get a popcorn maker!


7 Pat November 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm

We love popcorn here too. Great recipe! Thanks too for the advice on what you popped your corn in. I’m getting one just like you mentioned. I really enjoy your bits of advice with the e-mails.


8 Lindsay Eidahl November 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

This popcorn looks so good! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!


9 Carole West - Garden Up green December 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

This looks yummy! I love kettle corn, I’ll be featuring this tomorrow at Garden Up green on Tuesdays with a twist. Hope you stop by to say hello and link up. -Carole


10 Shannon {Cozy Country Living} December 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

Merissa this looks delicious! My family would just love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Project Parade! I hope to see you there again this week:)


11 Adelina Priddis December 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Oh that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites


12 Schteveo February 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

Here’s what I can tell you about THIS recipe and most of the others online.

This is exactly how we do our KK at festivals / concerts / etc in our concession stand. The real secret to authentic KK is allowing the sugar to first crystalize and then slump (melt) into a syrup before adding the popcorn.

We always gauge having the right mix, by watching the KK in the dump pot. Real KK will do what we call ‘crawl’. It will mound up while the sugar is still hot, but it will slooooowwwwly settle into the bowl, almost like lava rolling slowly downhill.

The only difference I see is in your measured amounts and ours, but the proportions are right. We generally make a batch 6 to 8 times that large, in an open cast iron kettle, stirred with a kitchen paddle.


13 Mackenzie Glanville February 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm

oh my gosh YUMMY overload!


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