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A large white bowl full of kettle corn
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How to Make Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is a delicious treat commonly served at carnivals, outdoor fairs and festivals. Find out how to make a batch right in your own kitchen.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kettle corn
Servings: 2
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Kelsey Crist


  • 1 large pot with glass lid


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup if you don't want it as sweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Place a large pot with a glass lid over medium high heat on the stove. Heat vegetable oil in the pot. Once oil is hot, add popcorn kernels and sugar. Quickly stir to combine. Put the lid on.
    Popcorn kernels, oil, and sugar in a large pot
  • Wait until you hear the first kernel pop. Then, every 10 seconds, lift the pot off the heat source and shake it, holding the lid on, to toss the popcorn inside. Then put it back down. Once you can count to 3 without hearing a kernel popping OR when you see the sugar turning a golden brown, take the pot off the stove. It is more important to not burn the sugar than it is to pop all the kernels. Pour popcorn onto a baking sheet to cool. Sprinkle salt over the popcorn.
    A baking sheet full of kettle corn
  • Sift through the popcorn and remove any un-popped kernels. Serve in a large bowl.
    A large white bowl full of kettle corn


Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg