Kettle Corn


Kettle corn is an old-fashioned, county fair treat. Your family will never want plain popcorn again! If you use white sugar, it will taste like popcorn balls; if you use brown sugar, it will taste like caramel corn.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
10 cups

Make kettle corn at home with just three easy-to-find ingredients. Sound too good to be true? It's not! This kettle corn recipe is a true crowd-pleaser.

What Is Kettle Corn?

Kettle corn is a type of popcorn that was traditionally made in cast iron kettles. The lightly sweetened popcorn is usually made with just oil and white sugar, but you can mix it up with sugars and sweeteners to suit your taste.

Kettle Corn Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this easy kettle corn recipe:

· Popcorn kernels: To make about 10 cups of kettle corn, you'll need ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels.
· Oil: A neutral oil, such as vegetable oil, gives the sugar something to stick to without imparting flavor.
· Sugar: This kettle corn recipe is simply sweetened with just white sugar.

Tip: To enhance the flavor, sprinkle the kettle corn with salt before serving.

Kettle Corn

How to Make Kettle Corn

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this homemade kettle corn:

Cook the kernels and sugar in oil over medium heat. Cover and shake frequently, then remove from heat when the popping slows.

How to Store Kettle Corn

Store your kettle corn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. If you gift the kettle corn, make sure the container is tightly sealed so it stays fresh for as long as possible.

Kettle Corn in an orange bowl
Kristen Womack

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This turned out great," according to Ryan Schroeder. "I was skeptical about pouring the sugar into hot oil, but with plenty of shaking it turned out great. I added plenty of butter and salt after. Will def make again!""

"So easy to make and very quick," says L Danica. "Thanks so much, I'm so glad I gave this recipe a try. This is going to be my new method for making popcorn at home."

"Who knew that you could make your own super easy, amazingly delicious and affordable kettle corn?!" asks cbailey97. "Tastes better than any store-bought brand!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels

  • ¼ cup white sugar


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in popcorn kernels and sugar.

  2. Cover and shake the pot constantly to prevent sugar from burning. When popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and shake for a few minutes until popping stops.

  3. Pour popcorn into a large bowl and allow to cool, stirring occasionally to break up large clumps.

    Kettle Corn

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
12g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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