Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe

This is the real reason carnies are short on teeth: It’s not the meth. It’s the kettle corn.

You know that sweet, salty popcorny goodness that you can only get hot and fresh at the fair?
Heaven help us, I’ve found the recipe.
And sort of like meth (or so I’ve heard), it’s rather addictive. We been cookin’ it up nightly frequently in our own little popcorn lab kitchen.

Pst! Want the recipe? Here is is, but you didn’t get it from me.

Homemade Kettle Corn
Recipe type: Snacks
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Warning - this is addictive!
  • ¼ cup oil (healthy options: extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil - my favorite)
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  1. In a large pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn. When the oil sizzles, sprinkle the sugar over the kernels. Cover and shake the pan until the popping slows down, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with the salt.

Oh, and please, please don’t tell my dentist. I don’t want to end up on Intervention.

*Not that I’m down on carnies, or anything. After all, I used to be one.


  1. I’ve used this same recipe… we LOVE it… and so far our teeth don’t look like that!
    What a picture!! 🙂

  2. I’m going to have to send that recipe to my mom…she LOVES Kettle corn! I’m not fond of sweet popcorn though!

  3. Mmmmm…we have that habit here as well.

  4. That picture scares me to death!! Thanks for the recipe. Now I don’t have to spend $45.oo to get into Dollywood just for the Kettle Corn!! ;O)

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  5. Your blog is absolutely awesome and I visit daily to read your stories. Thanks for the laughs!!

    Can’t wait to try this kettle corn!

  6. Ewwww! That is a nasty picture! I could barely look at it!

    I ordered my Kettle Corn popper from Walmart.com. It’s just sitting waiting there for me to go get it. I REALLY want to go get it now! Yum!

  7. That picture just scared the bejesus out of me!

    I love kettel corn. It is really the only popcorn I will eat!

  8. That picture is frightening! Yikes! It still won’t scare me off from this recipe. I’ll tell my dentist at my next visit that if he’s disappointed, he can just blame you 🙂

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  9. Sounds yummy, I don’t eat popcorn too much right now because my dentist tells me not too. But hey I’m not married to him, I don’t have to listen to him. I’m gonna make some up. I will be a hero to my kids that think I am not cool.

  10. This does look seriously addictive! Thanks so much for the recipe! I stumbled and reviewed it!

  11. One of my family’s favorites. I’m going to try this this weekend. For some reason I thought it was more difficult than this.


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