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Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn is a state fair favorite. Did you know you can make it right at home without a lot of effort? Bring the fair home.

How is Kettle Corn different than regular popcorn?

Kettle Corn has that sweet and salty combination. It is cooked with sugar to give it a sweet coating and then is tossed with salt.  Regular popcorn has just salt. 

Is Kettle Corn healthier than popcorn?

Because it is cooked with sugar, it is less healthy than regular popcorn.

The first time I ever had kettle corn was at the River Market in Kansas City. I just can’t get enough of it. If you live near or in Kansas City metro area, do yourself a favor and go to the River Market.  Other than the people of Kansas City, it is my favorite thing there.  I loved picking lemons for cheap and carrot cake from the Amish people who came to sell their wares.  Oh how I wish we had a market so big and wonderful here.

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn is a state fair favorite. Did you know you can make it right at home without a lot of effort? Bring the fair home.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat oil at medium heat. Add two kernels. Once those kernels pop add sugar and stir to mix. Add remain popcorn kernels.
  3. Once it starts popping cover and shake over burner. When the popping slows to 1 pop every 3-4 seconds, remove from heat and pour our on the sheet pan.
  4. Allow to cool and enjoy.


The sugar is very hot when it comes out of the pan. Be very careful.

A stovetop popcorn popper like the one linked below makes it easier to keep the sugar from burning.

This recipe is very similar to my stovetop popcorn with coconut oil and sea salt.  If you are wanting something a bit healthier check it out.


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Friday 14th of March 2014

I've always wanted to try making my own kettle corn. I'm pinning this recipe to try soon!

Diane Hill Roark

Friday 14th of March 2014


I love Kettle corn and this look so YUMMY! I always have to gets some when visiting Silver Dollar City. Blessings and have a great weekend. Diane Roark


Wednesday 29th of January 2014

This looks yummy...I love kettle corn!!! :) - Brooke -

Kerry C

Thursday 6th of February 2014

Thanks for stopping by Brooke. I am with you on loving kettle corn.

Karly Campbell

Sunday 19th of January 2014

Homemade Kettle Corn is the best snack ever! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Kerry C

Monday 20th of January 2014

Thanks Karly. I am loving have it available at home.

Sarah Puleo

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

My husband and I make kettle corn regularly and with almost this exact same recipe (we add a touch of salt to ours). Pinned to share with my followers!

Kerry C

Monday 20th of January 2014

I think my husband would like salt on it. I might have to try that. Thanks.

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