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How to Make Kettle Corn at Home

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You can easily have hot, freshly popped kettle corn at home with this easy stovetop kettle corn recipe. All you need is a large pot and 4 basic pantry ingredients for the best homemade kettle corn.

  • Prep Time: 2 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 8 1x


  • 1/4 cup extra light olive oil (not extra virgin) 
  • 1/2 cup good quality, fresh popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • table salt 


  1. Heat oil with 3 test kernels in large, deep, heavy pot with tight fitting lid, over medium-high heat.  Once all 3 kernels pop, your oil is hot enough to start popping the rest of the kernels. 
  2. Add popcorn kernels and sugar; stir and cover. Shake pot vigorously every few seconds (yes, every few seconds).  I alternate between setting pot down to rest a few seconds and shaking it a few seconds.  This is a bit of an arm workout, but it must be done so sugar/popcorn won’t burn.
  3. Once popping has slowed, remove pot from heat and keep shaking until popping ceases. Sprinkle evenly with a pinch or two of salt. Give it another good shake, and immediately pour kettle corn into a large bowl.
  4. Break up clumps as needed, and let cool enough to eat. Store cooled popcorn in airtight container or zipper bag up to a week at room temp. 


You can also use canola or vegetable oil.

Name brand kernels tend to pop up fluffier than generic brands; same goes for fresh vs. older kernels. 

As noted in original article, popped popcorn can be stored in airtight freezer bags and frozen for up to several weeks. 

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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 0.9 mg
  • Fat: 20.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Kettle Corn, Homemade Kettle Corn, Healthy Kettle Corn