Easy Kettle Corn

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Easy Kettle Corn – our all-time favorite homemade kettle corn! Learn how to make kettle corn that is great for movie night, game day, or snack time!

bowl full of kettle corn you can make at home

Homemade Kettle Corn

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 homemade 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.

And if you are a fan of the kettle corn you smell at fairs, farmers markets or sporting events, you are in for a real treat because it is SO easy to make at home. You are going to LOVE this kettle corn recipe!

how to make kettle corn at home

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!

Secret ingredient to homemade kettle corn: coconut oil

Kettle Corn Secret Ingredient: Coconut Oil

You only need four ingredients to make Josh’s famous homemade Kettle Corn. This Kettle Corn recipe couldn’t be easier! And guess what? There is a secret ingredient: coconut oil! 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.

Big bowl of kettle corn made at home

How to Make Kettle Corn

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 key to making the best kettle corn is letting the sugar caramelize just a bit over direct heat as the popcorn pops. You are going to love this sweet and salty popcorn!

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!

You can keep the popped Kettle Corn in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to 3 days.

Josh’s Easy Kettle Corn is one of our 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

This is our all-time favorite Kettle Corn Recipe! It's easy to make and great for movie night, game day, or snack time!
3.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes


  • 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!
  2. Note-the kettle corn will keep for 2-3 days. Store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Kettle Corn Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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?)!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. I just made this and me and my husband ate the whole bowl!! Absolutely delicious…will definately be a favorite from now on! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

  14. I’ve made this awesome recipe probably 6 times and I love it, but for some reason, the last two times I’ve made it, I burn the sugar mixture and instead of taking 2 minutes it takes like 10. Maybe I’m cooking it too low?

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