If you’ve never tasted fresh kettle corn, you need to change that. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy and delicious.
I discovered kettle corn about, 3 years ago at a flea market in Texas. When we arrived at the flea market, the air smelled really good. I wondered what it was and came across a kettle corn booth. Bags of kettle corn were flying off the booth counter. We were sitting at a picnic table watching them make kettle corn. Then a man walked up to our son, and handed him a bag of kettle corn. That was nice of him! We opened the bag and we were hooked!
The next day we had to go back to the flea market and get another bag! Since the flea market was only open on the weekends, I felt that I needed to learn how to make my own. And I did!
At first, the process can be a little scary. It took me 3 tries to get it down, the first time I tried.
You only need vegetable oil, sugar, popcorn kernels and popcorn salt. Get out a large saucepan with lid. Add your oil in pan and heat on med-high ( Number 5 on the dial). Add three kernels to oil in pan. The three kernels will pop, to let you know when the oil is hot enough.
When they pop, you can remove them and add the rest of the kernels to the hot oil. Stir with wooden spoon to coat and add the sugar. Now, you need to keep stirring so sugar doesn’t burn. I use an oven mitt on the hand that is stirring. I use the lid as a shield to block the hot popping kernels from jumping in my face. ** The hot sugared popping kernels can burn you, please be careful.
Once the kernels start to pop, cover with lid and remove from heat and shake for 3-5 seconds. Place pan back on heat for 3-5 seconds and then repeat, until majority of kernels have popped. So, on heat for 3-5 seconds and off heat for 3-5 seconds and shake, repeat. I have a patient dog waiting for some kettle corn.
When the kernels have finished popping, turn of stove and start to dump into large bowl. As your pouring out kettle corn, shake salt on top and mix with wooden spoon. Let kettle corn cool 5 minutes before digging in.
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/4 white sugar
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- popcorn salt *(sold in the salt aisle)
- Have all your ingredients measured and ready next to the stove. Get a large bowl ready to pour the popped kettle corn into.
- Heat the oil in large saucepan on medium-high (#5 on the dial). Place 3 kernels in oil to test the heat of oil. When they pop, remove them from pan. The oil is now hot enough to add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
- Add the rest of the popcorn kernels and stir with wooden spoon to coat in oil. Add the sugar to pot and keep stirring so sugar doesn't burn.
- Once the sugar has melted and kernels start to pop, put lid on and shake the pot. Remove the pan from heat and shake for 3-5 seconds. Place pan back on the heat for 3-5 seconds. Remove for 3-5 seconds and shake. Repeat until most of the kernels have popped.
- When you start to hear kernels stop popping, turn off heat and pour into large bowl. Sprinkle with popcorn salt and mix up the kettle corn. Add more popcorn salt and stir with wooden spoon.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before digging in.
- Have all ingredients measured and ready before starting. Get out a big bowl to pour the finished kettle corn into. Use an oven mitt on the hand that is stirring the kernels. Use the lid to shield kernels from popping at your face.
- Be careful, the kernels are in a hot oil and sugar mixture and can burn you.
- When finished remove any kernels from bottom of pan with wooden spoon- don't use your hands they will be very hot! Soak pan, lid and wooden spoon in hot water and dish soap. This should easily clean up pot.
Get your your pan and make some sweet and salty, fresh kettle corn now!
These Celebration Granola Bars, would also make a great snack for your family!
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