how to make old-fashioned kettle corn
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If you love warm, fresh kettle corn at the fair or farmer’s market, you’ll love learning how to make old fashioned kettle corn at home! It’s so easy to make with simple ingredients, and such a special treat.

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We are big fans of kettle corn popcorn over here at the Aberle household. Our kids call it “sugar popcorn,” and it’s delicious as a dessert or a snack. We’ve even given it as a gift and served it as a fun appetizer at parties.

I’ll let you in on a little secret… we use a Whirley-Pop to make this recipe for kettle corn. You can surely make this popcorn in a wide, heavy-bottomed pan with a lid (and I’ve included directions for both), but the Whirley-Pop makes the process even easier.

If you make popcorn frequently, it’s worth having, in my opinion! We prefer the version with the metal gear, because it seems to hold up much longer that way.

side view of kettle corn popcorn in a copper pan

I’ve included a printable recipe card at the end of this post for your convenience!

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Ingredients

Popcorn kernels and sugar in measuring cups

Directions

Step 1 – Add Ingredients to Popper

Heat your coconut oil in your popcorn popper or pan over medium-high heat.

Whirley-Pop Poppcorn Popper on the stove
Heat coconut oil

Then add sugar and popcorn kernels and turn the handle to stir. Use a spoon to stir if using a pan.

Add popcorn kernels and sugar
Stir to combine

Step 2 – Pop and Salt Kettle Corn

Close your lid. Continue to turn the handle on your popper as the popcorn heats through and begins to pop. If using a pan, keep the popcorn moving by shaking the pan back and forth on the burner.

Popcorn beginning to pop

Stir or shake while the corn pops and continue until the popping almost stops. Stop turning the Whirley-Pop handle once the popcorn provides too much resistance.

Carefully and quickly dump your kettle corn popcorn into a large bowl. Use potholders if you are using a pan.

Pour popcorn into a large bowl

Salt to taste…

Salt to taste

Then use a large spoon to stir the popcorn while it’s still warm to prevent it from clumping together.

Stir with a large spoon to prevent clumping

That’s it! Your old-fashioned kettle corn popcorn is ready to enjoy.

Store it in an airtight container for up to a week (but I can guarantee you it won’t be around that long!).

Hand holding kettle corn
Finished old-fashioned kettle corn popcorn
Yield: About 15 cups of kettle corn

Old-Fashioned Kettle Corn Popcorn

how to make old-fashioned kettle corn

If you love warm, fresh kettle corn at the fair or farmer’s market, you’ll love making your own old-fashioned kettle corn at home! It’s so easy, and such a special treat. Here are instructions for a Whirley-Pop Popcorn Popper or a large, heavy-bottomed pan with a lid.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat your coconut oil in your popcorn popper or pan over medium-high heat. Then add sugar and popcorn kernels and turn the handle to stir. Use a spoon to stir if using a pan.
  2. Close your lid. Continue to turn the handle on your popper as the popcorn heats through and begins to pop. If using a pan, keep the popcorn moving by shaking the pan back and forth on the burner.
  3. Stir or shake while the corn pops and continue until the popping almost stops. Stop turning the Whirley-Pop handle once the popcorn provides too much resistance.
  4. Carefully and quickly dump your kettle corn popcorn into a large bowl. Use potholders if you are using a pan.
  5. Salt to taste, then use a large spoon to stir the popcorn while it’s still warm to prevent it from clumping together.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

*Nutrition information is not always accurate.

If you enjoy making this recipe, I would greatly appreciate a comment or review!


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