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Kettle corn is sweet and salty popcorn that's easy to make at home in just 5 minutes with a few simple ingredients. It makes a delicious snack that's also great for parties and movie night as well as gifts
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The Best Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is a delicious sweet-and-salty snack that's light and airy. So easy to make with just 3 ingredients on your stovetop in 5 minutes! It’s the perfect finger food for snacking as well as movie night and parties, and makes a great DIY gift idea for teachers, neighbors and friends!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn, kettle, popcorn
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 161kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels unpopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar 4 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp salt optional


  • Prepare your ingredients and set aside a medium-large size pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Place the pot over medium-high heat and add the oil along with 2-3 popcorn kernels.
  • As soon as the kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels, the sugar and optional salt.
  • Cover the pot and shake continuously until the kernels start popping again. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Let the popping continue over 2-3 minutes with a shake every 20-30 seconds. Remove from heat once there's only a pop every few seconds.
  • Empty the popcorn into the bowl to cool for a minute stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy!


  • You can use less sugar if desired with 1/4 cup working fine in this recipe.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Iron: 0.4mg