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November 2, 2010

Homemade Kettle Corn | Gift Wrap Story

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Ah, kettle corn. Crispy, salty, and sweet. Want some? Read on for a 4-ingredient recipe you can make at home! Pop some up for a quick hostess gift, snack for playgroup, or movie night munchie.

A neighbor from our university Women's Club had a baby boy, and I brought her family a dinner through our Meals for Moms program. I was going to make a main dish and salad. Then I had to go and read this blog post from a fellow Club member. Rhubarb-strawberry crumb bars!? If she can make a homemade dessert, I can at least try...

Kettle corn to the rescue! We always have salt, sugar, and oil, and thanks to this recipe, popcorn kernels are a staple, too. I tied on a letterpress gift tag from Krank Press (remember those?) for a festive touch.

Kettle Corn
Adapted from Chaos in the Kitchen
Makes 10 cups, cook time 10-15 min
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1.  Put popcorn, sugar & salt in small bowl.
2.  In a large pot with a lid, add oil and 3 kernels of popcorn.
3.  Turn heat to medium-high and cover. When the third kernels pops, your oil is ready.
4.  Add the bowl of popcorn, sugar & salt. Give it a quick, 1-second stir to coat kernels.
5.  Cover the pot again. Once popping starts in earnest, lift off the heat and shake vigorously up and down for 3 seconds, then heat for 3 seconds. Continue until popping stops.
6.  Pour popcorn into a large bowl & enjoy.

Yum. Trust me, it's worth all the vigorous shaking. Let me know if you try it. And please join us Friday for a free printable for popcorn gift-giving!

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  1. @Jessica - It's sooo good. I have to make it to share, otherwise I eat too much. I bet you could come up w/ a fun variation or improvement...let me know if you do!

  2. This looks delicious AND adorable!

  3. @OneCraftyFox - Thanks, Diana. And I just saw on your blog - CONGRATS on reaching 200 followers!

  4. This popcorn looks super crispy. Why put sugar if you salt it at the end? Just curious...

  5. @briskmamma - The salty-sweet combination is what makes kettle corn so addictive. You can certainly omit the salt if you like, but I encourage you to give it a try! Maybe do half with and half without?

  6. Um YUM! Have just finished making it with the kids and it has pretty much all gone.

    Definately ad the salt at the end. That combination just makes it. Thank you so much for sharing this

  7. @Anonymous - Hooray! So glad you (and the kids) liked it. We try not to buy many premade snacks, and having this in our repertoire is handy for when the snack cravings hit.


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