Kettle Corn

kettle corn

I LOVE popcorn.  I don’t think of it as one of my favourite foods (pizza and ice cream) and yet if there is popcorn around, I will ALWAYS eat some (which my co-workers have seen me do!).  I don’t think I’m alone in this.  Apparently, there are studies that show that people will continue to eat a bag of popcorn, even if they don’t think it’s tasty, just because it’s in front of them.  It’s just that addictive.

However, this popcorn is not one you need convincing to eat.  Kettle corn is one of the “newest things” these days at grocery stores – you can buy different flavours in potato chip-type bags.  But it’s so easy to make and amazing every time, so it’s definitely worth trying.

You can make this with any oil, but coconut oil just puts it over the edge of amazing-ness.  Between the sweet coconut smell and the sugar caramelized in the bottom of the pan, it will take someone prying the bowl out of your hands to get you to stop.  Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Kettle Corn

This recipe makes enough for a number of people.  I make a half recipe for myself, but if you are the sharing type, it should serve at least two.

What you need:
1/4 cup coconut (or other) oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup sugar
salt to taste

What to do:
Melt / warm the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy bottom pot.  Add 3 test kernels and put on the lid.  Keep the pot moving.  Once these have popped, pour in the rest of the kernels and pour the sugar on top.  Now it is really important to keep the pot moving or the sugar and the kernels will burn.  Once it sounds like all the popcorn has popped (there are a few seconds between each pot) remove the pot from the heat and pour the popcorn into a bowl.  If you wait too long, the sugar will burn instead of just caramelize (which I have done a number of times).  Sprinkle on salt to taste and enjoy!

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