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Easy Kettle Corn

Easy Kettle Corn-our all-time favorite recipe for kettle corn! It’s great for movie night, game day, or snack time! 

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I love watching movies, but I don’t like going to the theater. It’s always cold, the chairs are uncomfortable, and it’s expensive. I would rather watch a movie at home where I can sprawl out on the couch with my cozy blanket and eat a big bowl of Kettle Corn.

You can’t watch a movie without popcorn and Josh makes the BEST Kettle Corn. I request it every time we turn on a flick. I start the previews while Josh makes a batch of his famous Easy Kettle Corn.

Easy Kettle Corn Recipe on The BEST kettle corn recipe and it's so easy to make!

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. I love all varieties, sweet and savory. Twix Caramel Popcorn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Popcorn, and Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn are a few of my favorites. I usually make them for special occasions though, not our weekly movie night. Josh is in charge of providing the Kettle Corn for our movie date nights at home!

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You only need four ingredients to make Josh’s famous Kettle Corn. Coconut oil is the secret ingredient. Coconut oil is great for popping popcorn because it tolerates high heat. It adds a slight coconut flavor to the popcorn, but it isn’t overwhelming. Don’t worry if you aren’t a coconut fan. The flavor won’t overpower your popcorn.

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Josh makes his Kettle Corn on the stovetop with his special Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper. It is his pan, he doesn’t let me touch it. He is the popcorn master at our house. His special popcorn popper has a turn crank on the handle so he can stir the popcorn. This keeps the corn moving across the bottom of the pan, for even heat and oil distribution, ensuring the best popping results. If you don’t have a Whirley Popper, you can use a large pot. Just make sure you shake the pot so the kernels don’t get stuck!

The Kettle Corn only takes a couple of minutes to pop up! It’s a great snack for movie night, game day, or everyday snacking! Josh’s Easy Kettle Corn is one of Caleb’s favorite snacks too! Kettle Corn is a hit with our entire family! I think you will like it too! Get popping!

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Easy Kettle Corn Recipe

Yield: About 16 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

This is our all-time favorite Kettle Corn Recipe! It's easy to make and great for movie night, game day, or snack time!


1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt


1. In a Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper or in a large pot with a lid, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn kernels. When the coconut oil sizzles, sprinkle the sugar over the popcorn kernels. Cover and stir or shake the pan until the popping slows down. The popcorn should be done popping in about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour the kettle corn into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and toss. Enjoy!

Note-the kettle corn will keep for 2-3 days. Store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

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77 Responses to “Easy Kettle Corn”

  1. We use TJ’s Coconut Oil all the time for popcorn! It’s the best oil to use and gives the popcorn a true movie theater taste! We just love it! Now you got me craving popcorn!

  2. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — October 18, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Yum! I love kettle corn and have been wondering how to make it–I had no idea it was so simple! Coconut oil is such a fabulous & healthy oil to pop your popcorn in. I will definitely have to try this. I wonder if it would work with brown sugar or even coconut sugar?

  3. Erica — October 18, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    yum yum yum! I love kettle corn. It is one of the best snacks ever. I’ve never made my own!

  4. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 18, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    LOVE, LOVE kettle corn! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Tieghan — October 18, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    The whirly pop is broken out around here a least a few times a week. We snack on popcorn all the time. It really make the perfect healthy snack! I will have to give coconut oil a try. Sound perfect!

  6. Ali @ Inspiralized — October 18, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    I love that bowl it’s beautiful – where did you get it? Also, great idea using coconut oil – I never thought of that!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 18th, 2013 @ 8:55 am

      The bowl is from Anthropologie!

  7. Natalia L — October 18, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    OMG! I have a Whirley Pop and I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!! Too bad is 9am and I’m at work and can’t do it right now… Im going to be craving kettle corn all day today!!! Hahah! Thanks for the recipe Maria (or should I say Josh?)!

  8. Kristen — October 18, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    I make this all the time at home. If you use brown sugar, it looks and tastes like caramel corn! I often use only 2 T of oil for this (same popcorn and sugar amounts). It works fine with the smaller amount and leaves no hint of coconut flavor.

  9. Carrian — October 18, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    This sounds delicious! I love kettle corn!

  10. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — October 18, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Great popcorn is so easy to make at home!

  11. Vicki Bensinger — October 18, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    I make my Kettle Korn this way as well but use canola oil instead of coconut. Great idea, I think I’ll try using the coconut oil this weekend to see if I notice any difference.

  12. Melanie @ — October 18, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Just made popcorn last night. Such an easy simple snack. Never thought to use my coconut oil with it though. Great idea!

  13. HeatherChristo — October 18, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I love kettle corn! I think the whirley pop is the secret because otherwise mine always burns! I may have to pick one up today, kettle corn is my fav!

  14. Julie @ Table for Two — October 18, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    This is so perfect for snacking and any movie night!! I love kettle corn – I could have an entire bowl to myself!!

  15. Katherine — October 18, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    YUM! I don’t have coconut oil but I’m going to try this with Canola oil (I make popcorn all the time at home, just in a regular pot though). I can’t wait to try this. I have a slight allergy to coconut so I will avoid coconut oil.

  16. naomi — October 18, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Sounds like a perfect date night to me! I’m with you – I’d rather watch a movie at home.

  17. joyce rodriguez — October 18, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    you guys must’ve read my mind! i was popping popcorn on the stove the other night and wondered how to make kettle corn!!! thank you so much for the recipe!! and interestingly enough, i use coconut oil for popping popcorn too and love the taste!!!

  18. Cate @ Chez CateyLou — October 18, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    I love kettle corn!! The sweet and salty combo is so good! I love that Josh won’t let you touch his pan!!

  19. Gaby — October 18, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    I ALWAYS buy kettle corn at the farmers market – but i am totes going to try this recipe this weekend

  20. Martha in KS — October 18, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    I’ve tried to make kettle corn & I burned the sugar – I’ll try Josh’s recipe soon! I wanted popcorn a few days ago, and I had some pumpkin spiced white chocolate. So I popped some corn on the stove. In the microwave I melted about 4 oz. of the chocolate with some pumpkin pie spice thrown in. Then I added the popped corn, added salt & stirred. I put it into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up. It was delicious! I’m going to get some candy corn to add for Halloween. I may even make it two toned with a batch of semi-sweet chocolate, then combine them. Gotta eat your veggies!

  21. Tamara — October 18, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    I love homemade kettle corn! Here is a link I wanted to share with you for a healthy version that I make when I am watching what I eat a little more closely:

  22. Lauren — October 18, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    What type of coconut oil do you use for this? (Virgin, unrefined?)
    I’m not sure how to use the different kinds.

  23. Lauren — October 18, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Never mind in the above question! I just saw the picture!

  24. Marian (Sweetopia) — October 18, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    Perfect! I love it!

  25. Laura Dembowski — October 19, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I love kettle corn and can’t wait to make it! I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies. So much better to watch at home which I do at least a couple times a week.

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  27. Chocolate Shavings — October 19, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I love the idea of adding coconut oil to simple popcorn – yum!

  28. Debbie — October 19, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

    We had a Whirley Popper & used it fairly often until we remodeled the kitchen & changed our stovetop from an electric cooktop to an induction cooktop. Induction requires the use of cookware with a magnetic surface & to my dismay, the bottom of the Whirley Popper is not magnetic so I had to give it away. Loved the crank handle!

  29. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 20, 2013 @ 3:18 am

    How have I never used coconut oil in my popcorn?!

  30. Jenny Flake — October 21, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Love this Maria! Great snack for anytime!

  31. marla — October 21, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    I always use coconut oil in popped corn too. GREAT recipe!

  32. Bonny @ Clever Hen — October 22, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    Boy, I couldn’t agree more…I think it is cold, uncomfortable, expensive at the theater too. I would add one more, the popcorn is so bad with the fake butter. Thanks for the recipes.

  33. Hannah — October 24, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Thank you for the recipe! Made it last night and it turned out great!

  34. Deborah — October 26, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    The perfect snack!

  35. Kris — October 28, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    It warms my heart to know someone else uses the crank pot and coconut oil. I use the extra virgin coconut oil – definitely not as healthy – but I find the regular coconut oil too strong. Coconut oil is the secret as well as type of kernel. I like the soft white kernel, sometimes the less expensive generic yellow kernel (jumbo popcorn) is what I desire. The muti coloured mix with blue, black, orange-ish kernels are my least favourite. Type of salt is important for me. In popcorn I use Pink Himalayan salt from the grinder, when I have it, it makes a difference. Thanks for this recipe. Would love to read more about popcorn (non sweetened) and different kernels.

  36. Janice Noce — December 13, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    Just wanted to say, you can get coconut oil without flavor. I have bought it at a Whole Foods Grocery store. I have also bought it at Walmart. I am not sure if Trader Joe’s has it or not. I fry chicken in it and it tastes just like Grandmother made!
    Oh I also have a crank pop corn popper. I even bought a new one …still in it’s box for when this one dies…..just in case I can no longer buy them.
    Headed to the kitchen right now to try this recipe. Thank you!

  37. Always Wright — December 18, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Thanks! I will try this soon! My grandkids and I made kettle corn a few days ago when I was helping them with some hand sewing. It was so good!

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  39. Kate Wetmore — December 31, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    I make my kettle corn with vanilla sugar. To make the vanilla sugar I cut a vanilla bean lengthwise then crosswise and bury them in a cup of extra fine sugar in a canning jar. After about a week you will have nice vanilla sugar. A month is better, but I can’t seem to let it go that long. The vanilla sugar on kettle corn is awesome! Another thing about kettle corn, see if you can get your hands on mushroom popcorn. I found mine on-line. Do a google search for “mushroom popcorn” and you will find lots of places to buy it. You can even buy it on Amazon. What’s so great about mushroom popcorn is that it pops up big and round and has lots of nooks and crannies to hold the sugar. It’s also practically hull less.

  40. Kurt Weina — January 1, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    We love kettle corn and make it all the time, but use brown sugar instead.

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