County Fair Kettle Korn

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by LittleItaly

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!

Top Review by mammafishy

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.

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!

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