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How to Make Kettle Corn

You don't need to go to the fair to get delicious kettle corn. Pop your own at home with this easy-to-make recipe.


  • Step 1: Heat oil Pour the vegetable oil into a large pan over medium-high heat. Let the oil heat until it looks like it's shimmering, but before it starts smoking.
  • Step 2: Add popcorn kernels Add the popcorn kernels to the oil. Cover the pan with the lid, and shake it to distribute the kernels evenly.
  • Step 3: Add confectioners' sugar Heat the kernels until they begin to pop. Then remove the lid and sprinkle the confectioners' sugar over the kernels. Replace the lid.
  • TIP: Use brown sugar instead of confectioners' sugar for caramel-flavored kettle corn.
  • Step 4: Continue cooking and shaking Continue cooking the popcorn, gently shaking the pan constantly. Cook until the popping slows.
  • Step 5: Add granulated sugar Remove the lid and sprinkle the granulated sugar evenly over the kernels. Then replace the lid.
  • TIP: Add chipotle powder to make sweet and spicy kettle corn. Add nutmeg and cinnamon for a rich, sweet flavor.
  • Step 6: Cook until popping has almost stopped Continue cooking and shaking the pan until the popping sound has almost stopped. Then remove the lid and sprinkle the popcorn with salt. Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, and serve immediately.
  • FACT: A single ear of corn contains about 800 different kernels divided into 16 rows.

You Will Need

  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

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