Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

Don't you just love that kettle cooked popcorn available at county fairs? It's sweet; it's salty; it's deliciously crunchy. It's usually pretty expensive too! This is a great, SUPER EASY recipe to make it yourself - just like you enjoy at the fair - with only 3 ingredients! I ran across a similar recipe years ago online and tweaked it a bit... in other words, perfected it. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 23 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 13 cup oil (you can use vegetable, corn, canola, olive...etc etc)
  • 14 cup white sugar


  1. You will need a large cooking pot. It should have a wide opening and be slightly shallow ( large, deep soup pots don't work as well.) Make sure you have a lid that fits!
  2. Place 2/3 cup popcorn inside pot. The pot will be the perfect size if the popcorn just barely covers the entire bottom of the pot in one layer.
  3. Stir in 1/3 cup oil of your choice and cover with the lid. Heat over ( MEDIUM for electric range, MED-LOW for gas ) range, giving the pot a good shake every 60 seconds or so, until you hear the first kernel pop.
  4. Carefully uncover and add the 1/4 cup white sugar, stir and re-cover with the lid. Shake the pot every 20-30 seconds until popping slows to 2-3 pops every few seconds.
  5. Remove from heat and dump into large mixing bowl. While hot and sticky, salt to taste, stirring well.
  6. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Can't believe I forgot to rate this. It is SO GOOD!!! A nice change from regular popcorn and it does taste just like the kind you get at craft and country fairs! If I make a lot of this, I will wash the pan after each batch or two or it will start to burn. This works great in a Whirly Pop popcorn maker.

mammafishy February 21, 2012

You can substitute red hots for the sugar, cooking the same and have wonderful cinnamon popcorn. It burns very easily so do not add until after the first kernel has popped.

MommaMary May 09, 2011

very addictive! I cooked in a cast iron dutch oven, with coconut oil & cane sugar- very good!

AmieH February 14, 2010