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Best Kettle Corn Recipe – How to Make Midwestern Sugar Corn

Yields10 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

The best kettle corn popcorn recipe for baseball games and little league fundraisers. This Midwestern sugar corn is a salty sweet game night snack sprinkled with Dell Cove® Kettle Corn Popcorn Seasoning.

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 ¼ cup vegetable oil
 ¼ cup Dell Cove® Kettle Corn Popcorn Seasoning
 ½ cup Dell Cove® Mushroom Popcorn

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First, Pop Your Corn

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat, and set aside.

Get a large saucepan or pot with a lid. Use more pot than you think you need. Using a large pot gives everything room to move so your sugar isn’t just sitting on the heat, burning. I always use at least a 6-quart pot for 1/2-cup popcorn kernels.

Pour enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, add four popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Turn the burner on your stove top to medium-heat. When the kernels pop, know that your oil is VERY VERY HOT!

Second, Add Your Sugar and Popcorn Kernels

Very carefully (because that oil is blazingly hot and can burn you!), stir in the seasoning and add the popcorn kernels and re-cover the pan. Now SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE that pan! Shaking the pan constantly to ensure that the kernels and the sugar doesn't burn, while the popcorn pops.

Third, Pull Your Pan Off the Heat

Once the pops are 1 to 2 seconds apart, remove the pan from the heat.

Figuring out this timing is key to making the best Kettle Corn recipe. You need to pull your homemade kettle corn from the heat before your corn stops popping. Why? Because you can burn the sugar in the blink of an eye. Standard popcorn wisdom says to pull your popcorn when you have 3 seconds between pops. For kettle corn, you want to pull it at around 1 to 2 seconds per pop. As you get to know your pan and stove better, you might be able to extend this time, but it’s best to start here.

Again, be careful at this stage. Everything is very hot!

Fourth, Cool Your Kettle Corn

Pour your popped popcorn onto the baking sheet. Spread it out and remove any unpopped kernels. Allow the kettle corn popcorn to cool. Once the popcorn is cool, put the popcorn into a big bowl and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g10%

Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 180mg8%
Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g2%

Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.