Kettle Corn Recipe

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Kettle corn is a classic snack for movies and festivals. You can now enjoy this tasty treat at home using our delicious recipe. Kettle corn is typically seasoned with sugar and a little bit of salt. For the perfect texture, use mushroom popcorn. The main difference between kettle corn and popcorn from the movies is its sweet taste. 

Skip the expensive kettle corn bags at the amusement parks and make them at home. Use our recipe for easy-to-follow instructions on making a perfect batch of popcorn. The only equipment we recommend having for kettle corn is a pot with a handle and lid. Enjoy the week-long shelf life of any popcorn made. 

Kettle corn with a slight burnt

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn is famously known for their sweet flavor. This kind of popcorn is a must-have at carnivals around the city. Though it’s quickly cooked inside pots, we recommend following our detailed recipe to avoid any mistakes. Learn more tips on making a perfect batch of kettle corn below. Tag us on social media with your finished dish for a free feature! 

How To Make Kettle Corn

Follow our detailed recipe to learn how to make kettle corn correctly. It’s important to note that some kernels might get burned in your pot. First, you must heat your pot with oil, and to check for the right temperature, and you need to add two kernels and see if it pops within three seconds. Once you achieve this, add the rest of the popcorn and pull away from the heat between pops. Once you finish, pour the popped kettle corn onto a baking tray and let it sit for a minute. 

Kettle corn from a bag

What Gives Kettle Corn Its Flavor?

Sugar is the main component in giving kettle corn its flavor. Using a pot, you cook this popcorn with sugar, and the heat will melt it and coat the kernels with sweet flavors. Learn more ways to add flavor by reading our detailed recipe. 

Is Kettle Corn Healthier Than Popcorn?

Unfortunately, kettle corn is not healthier than popcorn for several reasons. First, there is more sugar added when compared to regular popcorn. We recommend taking normal portion sizes when making kettle corn at home. 

Kettle Corn Ingredients

There are few ingredients needed to make kettle corn. Most popcorn is made with a fair amount of oil and salt. Kettle corn is made with oil, salt, and sugar. You will find it easy to follow our directions in creating the best-tasting popcorn. You can try other sweet ingredients to see the difference it’ll make with popcorn. 

Kettle corn fresh from the pot
Kettle corn with a slight burnt

Kettle Corn Recipe

Learn how to make an easy kettle corn recipe by using our quick guide! Follow our steps to avoid any complications when dealing with the heat required for kettle corn.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kettle corn, popcorn
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Place pot with a lid on the stove and heat over medium-high.
  • Add oil and a couple kernels of popcorn.
  • Once you hear the kernels pop, add the remainder popcorn.
  • Pour sugar and salt over the popcorn and shake the pot for 3 seconds, rest for 3 seconds, and repeat this process until the kernels pop frequently.
  • Once you hear breaks between pops, pull the pot from heat. Transfer popcorn to a bowl.
  • Let popcorn cool down for 3-4 minutes. Serve.

Kettle Corn Recipe Tips

There are a couple of important factors when making kettle corn. Read our popular recipe tips to learn how to make this snack delicious. First, you must accept that you’re going to burn a bit of sugar. You will experience this because of the pot and how it handles heat. We recommend placing a sheet pan next to your stove to pour finished kettle corn into it. 

cooked food on black ceramic plates

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