Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com
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Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to Homemade Kettle Corn instead. It is quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients, satisfies sweet-and-salty cravings, and will delight family and friends of all ages. Serve it on special occasions or for everyday snacking.

Recreate movie theatre magic at home with this crunchy sweet and salty kettle corn that rivals even the best fairs and festivals. Plus, it takes just a few minutes to prep the kernels before watching them pop on the stovetop. The kids will love to watch too!

Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

Why You’ll Love Homemade Kettle Corn

  • A quick and easy snack. This sweet and salty kettle corn goes from stovetop to hungry hands in just 20 minutes. Your family will Ask for it over and over!
  • Made with only four ingredients. This recipe couldn’t be any more simple and is made with just four pantry staples. Store-bought popcorns sometimes use questionable oils and preservatives, but you control the quality of all the ingredients in this simple kettle corn recipe made with real ingredients.
  • Great for movie nights and parties. Make movie nights at home, sleepovers, birthday parties and more extra special with this fresh, homemade kettle corn to enrich the experience.

Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

Ingredient Notes

To make easy Homemade Kettle Corn, you will Require the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):

  • vegetable oil – you can use any neutral oil that tolerates heat well, Like avocado oil or olive oil, but it may slightly change the flavor of the finished product. We also like using coconut oil for a subtle coconut flavor — it’s delicious!
  • popcorn kernels – use your favorite kind! There are a ton of different types of popcorn to choose from, like heritage varieties and smaller or larger kernel sizes.
  • sugar – classic kettle corn calls for sugar, but you can sweeten the popcorn with alternatives like coconut sugar. You could even omit it and just make regular popcorn.
  • salt – a finer grain works best for distributing evenly and sticking to the popcorn.

You will also need measuring cups and spoons and a large skillet or pot.

Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Make the Best Homemade Kettle Corn

  1. Heat oil. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or cooking pot over medium heat. Add 4 popcorn kernels and cover with the lid.
  2. Add kernels. Once you hear all 4 kernels pop, this will indicate that the skillet is hot enough and ready. Add in the rest of the popcorn kernels, sugar and salt. Toss well to coat and close the lid. The kernels should spread out in a single layer in the skillet. Shake the skillet constantly (or use a wooden spoon to continuously stir) to prevent sugar from burning. The kernels will Start popping quickly, in about 30 seconds.
  3. Cook. Cook the kernels for about 2-3 minutes, until the popping has slowed down to once every 2 seconds. Remove the pot from the heat and shake for a few minutes until popping completely stops.

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  1. Serve. Immediately transfer the popcorn to a large serving bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes before eating.

Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

Storing and Freezing

How to Store

Once cool to room temperature, transfer the kettle corn to an airtight container and store at room temperature for 2-3 days. Typically, homemade popcorn without any seasoning added can last for up to 1-2 weeks.

How to Freeze

You can actually freeze popcorn! Once the popcorn has completely cooled, store in an airtight container or sealed freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. It doesn’t actually freeze, but it will extend its shelf life but note that the texture can become more drier. You can reheat it in 10 second bursts in the microwave on high power if desired.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Get creative with toppings. Increase the wow factor by mixing in movie candy, marshmallows, chocolate chips, pretzels, shredded or grated cheese, spices, or other additions for unique flavors and textures.
  • Repurpose leftovers. You can use this homemade kettle corn in more ways than one! Try adding leftovers (or fresh popcorn) to make marshmallow popcorn balls, pack as a snack or in the next day’s lunch, or toss them in a snack mix.
  • Try adding flavored salt. You can elevate this plain kettle corn recipe with little effort by using a flavored salt! Try a lime salt, smoked salt, truffle salt, or other flavored salt to switch things up.

Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

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Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. | aheadofthyme.com

Homemade Kettle Corn



  • Author:
    Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme

  • Total Time:
    10 minutes

  • Yield:
    10 cups

  • Diet:
    Vegan

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Say goodbye to store-bought popcorn and hello to homemade Kettle Corn — sweet and salty, loved by all, and quick and easy to make with just 4 ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or cooking pot over medium heat. Add 4 popcorn kernels and cover with the lid.
  2. Once you hear all 4 kernels pop, this will indicate that the skillet is hot enough and ready. Add in the rest of the popcorn kernels. Shake the pan for a few seconds to allow all the kernels to get coated with oil.
  3. Add in the rest of the popcorn kernels, sugar and salt. Toss well to coat and close the lid. The kernels should spread out in a single layer in the skillet. Shake the skillet constantly (or use a wooden spoon to continuously stir) to prevent sugar from burning. The kernels will start popping quickly, in about 30 seconds.
  4. Cook the kernels for about 2-3 minutes, until the popping has slowed down to once every 2 seconds. Remove the pot from the heat and shake for a few minutes until popping completely stops.
  5. Immediately transfer the popcorn to a large serving bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes before eating.

In this space, I am always sharing flavorful, fresh, (mostly) healthy recipes that I love to make and eat in my real, actual, every day life. If I wouldn’t eat it in real life, I won’t put in on the blog. You’re cooking for yourself, your family, your roommates, or your friends. I want you to be so excited about these recipes that you eagerly await 5pm when you can go home from work and start cooking.

Notes

How to store: Once cool to room temperature, transfer the kettle corn to an airtight container and store at room temperature for 2-3 days. Typically, homemade popcorn without any seasoning added can last for up to 1-2 weeks.

How to freeze: You can actually freeze popcorn! Once the popcorn has completely cooled, store in an airtight container or sealed freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. It doesn’t actually freeze, but it will extend its shelf life but note that the texture can become more drier. You can reheat it in 10 second bursts in the microwave on high power if desired.

Get creative with toppings: Increase the wow factor by mixing in movie candy, marshmallows, chocolate chips, pretzels, shredded or grated cheese, spices, or other additions for unique flavors and textures.

Repurpose leftovers: You can use this homemade kettle corn in more ways than one! Try adding leftovers (or fresh popcorn) to make marshmallow popcorn balls, pack as a snack or in the next day’s lunch, or toss them in a snack mix.

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade kettle corn, kettle corn recipe, sweet and salty kettle corn

Homemade Kettle Corn – Snacks  

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