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  1. My favorite kettle corn recipes:
  2. Watch how to make these three kettle corn flavors
  3. Three Fall Kettle Corn Recipes Recipe

Popcorn is one of America’s favorite treats and in my popcorn-loving eyes, that totally makes complete sense! Popcorn is always good: it can be sweet, salty, spicy, savory and pretty much everything in between. On top of all that, popcorn is that perfect “munchie” snack. I find that when I don’t know what I’m in the mood for, popcorn always does the trick and satisfies my craving. And when I say that I don’t know what I’m in the mood for, I secretly do: it’s pretty much always some form of kettle corn!

I usually count down the days to the next festival where I know there’ll be kettle corn – not that stuff prepackaged and purchased at the local grocery store, but the real stuff. You know what I’m talking about: that kettle corn with an amazing sugar to salt ratio that captures the perfect homemade taste! Now hold on to your hats folks, because this is super simple to make at home. No joke!

Green speckled bowl filled with kettle corn sitting on wood surface with extra bowls of popcorn in background and popcorn pieces sprinkled about

This fall, I knew I wanted to make an amazing batch of classic kettle corn, but since I’m always into experimenting in the kitchen, I figured I might as well make a few unique varieties. With kettle corn as a base, you can make so many variations. After endless batches of kettle corn (I wasn’t complaining!), I’ve settled on three favorites.

My favorite kettle corn recipes:

  • The ultimate classic: I just couldn’t pass up sharing this since it makes up the base of the other varieties. When I’m feeling like keeping the flavors safe, I stick with this recipe.
  • Sweet and salty Cajun: This one has a touch of sweetness and then a pop of Cajun flavor that just makes the whole experience phenomenal.
  • Sweet chili lime: Yeah, this one has some heat, but it’s mediated with a hint of sweetness. The lime also adds a bit of tartness that’s oh so welcome!
Bowl full of kettle corn sitting on wood surface with extra bowl in background
The totally AMAZING classic kettle corn
Bowl full of kettle corn sitting on wood surface with extra bowl in background
Sweet and salty Cajun kettle corn
Bowl full of kettle corn sitting on wood surface with extra bowl in background
Sweet chili lime kettle corn

These are three of my favorites, but as you make these, you’ll surely be inspired to create some of your own favorite flavors. Don’t be scared to add in your own favorite spices – hey, even a pumpkin spice-inspired variety would be bangin’!

Be inspired and as always: enjoy!

Watch how to make these three kettle corn flavors

Make sure to let me know which variety you’re going to make and what spices you might experiment with! I’m always on the lookout for unique flavors to try!

I’ve made a few other popcorn recipes that you’re sure to like as well:

Green speckled bowl full of kettle corn sitting on wood surface with two bowls full of popcorn in background

Three Fall Kettle Corn Recipes

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Author: Kaleb
Looking for an explosion of flavor with your next batch of kettle corn? Well, then these three kettle corn flavors are exactly what you need!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Servings 15 cups

Equipment

  • Whirly-Pop popcorn popper (affiliate link) (or similar style) is important in making great kettle corn at home. You can make this in an extra-large kettle but have to be very careful that it is tall enough for the popcorn to pop without flying out of the kettle. (The Whirly-Pop is definitely worth it!)

Ingredients

For the classic kettle corn

  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ½ cup mushroom popcorn kernels
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

For the sweet and salty Cajun kettle corn

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt

For the sweet chili lime kettle corn

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • zest of 1 lime
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions
 

For the classic kettle corn

  • Place a popper over medium-high heat and add the oil. Sunflower oil is essential as it is a high heat oil with a high smoking point so it can withstand the temperature without burning the popcorn.
  • Add a couple of popcorn kernels. When the kernels pop, you know the oil is at the correct temperature. Add the rest of the kernels, then stir to coat the kernels with the oil and add the sugar.
  • Stir constantly. After a few minutes, the kernels will start to pop. Keep stirring until you don’t hear any more pops.
  • Dump the popcorn into a waiting bowl and sprinkle with sea salt while the popcorn is still warm. Let cool and enjoy!

For the sweet and salty cajun kettle corn

  • Use the same directions as for kettle corn, but when completed, instead of sea salt, add the spice mixture and toss to coat.

For the sweet chili lime kettle corn

  • Use the same directions as for kettle corn, but when completed, instead of sea salt, add the spice mixture and lime zest. Then season with salt. Toss to coat.

Notes

The amount of calories listed below is for the classic kettle corn recipe. See below for other caloric information.
  • Sweet and salty cajun kettle corn: 87 calories in 1 cup
  • Sweet chili lime kettle corn: 88 calories in 1 cup

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 0.7gFat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 0.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0.3mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 3.4g
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Cooking

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I’m Kaleb! I'm not a chef, professional baker, landscaper, or designer, but I like to play each on Knollgate Farm. Come join me on my journey and let's learn together!

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