sweet kettle corn

June 3, 2011

It's not a party without the kettle corn. My littlest friends, aged seven to nine years of perfection, declare themselves kettle corn-fiends.   As an aside, the vast majority of these munchkins pronounce their beloved treat, “keh-tuh-cowrn.” So when any excuse for a celebration should arise, the first request is for kettle corn.  It’s best not to anger the little ones.  I just do as I’m told.  I like to make them happy because they’re pretty cute…and really persuasive.
 So if you have children, little friends or even big friends who like to pretend they’re little, do them all a favor and make some kettle corn!
Kettle Corn
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil (I used canola but vegetable would be fine, too!)
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Prepare an open space on your kitchen counter and spread out a long sheet of wax paper (about 2 feet).
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Keep a lid on top to retain the heat.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the sugar and popcorn and stir. 
  4. Cover again and shake the pot constantly to keep the sugar from burning or kernels sticking to the bottom. 
  5. Once the popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and continue to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. 
  6. Pour onto wax paper and allow to cool.  
  7. Sprinkle salt and serve!

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