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    Kettle Corn in a Whirley Pop

    Kettle Corn in a Whirley Pop. Photo by CherylinOz

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    7 mins

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    5 mins

    Dorie's Lori's Note:

    This version is light and airy, with just a touch of ethereal sweetness and saltiness. By playing with the proportions, I hit upon this recipe that rivals the addictive Kettle Corn we paid a fortune for at fairs and such! It was created after I tried the recipe in the Whirley-pop instruction booklet, and found it tough, gloppy, and also a very small batch. See also my Whirley Pop Notes below the recipe.

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    Serves: 8



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    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 1/2 cup popcorn
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt, scant


    1. 1
      Note that this recipe's cooking method is for a gas stove. You might have to monkey with the heat a bit on an electric one.
    2. 2
      Add all ingredients to the Whirley pop, and pop, using, on average, a medium heat: alternate between a lower flame and a high one. This is in order to send the heat to the outside edges, which is where the popper sends the popcorn!
    3. 3
      Be sure to remove from the heat quickly when the popping slows. Empty immediately into a big bowl, and stir around with a big spoon and/or your hands to break apart the kernals. (Careful - it's hot!).
    4. 4
      For an easier cleanup, put some water and a squirt of soap immediately into the popper to soak.
    5. 5
      After it has cooled thoroughly, keep in an air-tight container to prevent sogginess.
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      Whirley Pop Notes:.
    7. 7
      I actually purchased mine because, try as I might, I just couldn’t make great Kettle Corn in a pot on top of the stove. I tried a number of recipes. They all came out tough, and never fully popped, and the sugar always burned. And I am a pretty patient cook! To make matters worse, the cleanup of burnt sugar on my stainless pots was a significant chore!
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      So, I bought a Whirley-pop. With all the great reviews on-line, I knew I would come to love it. I was right! It makes great popcorn, all kinds! Bonus is that you can use less oil than cooking in a pot, like only 2 teaspoons per 1/2 cup batch.
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      So, this recipe is for a Whirley Pop, as I haven't personally had any success in a regular pot. If you don't have one yet, and you make popcorn a lot, I highly recommend one! Although they are mostly a "single-use" item, they are only about $23. And, personally, I recommend this Kettle Corn recipe over the one in the book.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 15, 2009

      1st try, I burnt it. 2nd try I added the sugar salt combo after the 1st kernal popped. 2nd time I also kept it on low and it worked fabulous. The kettle corn tastes just like the farmers market. It's addicting! PS used canola oil.

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    • on May 07, 2013

      Just tried this and burnt it :( was so disapointed. Going to take other reviewers suggestion and dump the sugar in after the first pop and try on low<br/>I bought the whirley pop to specifically make kettle corn

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    • on April 06, 2013


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    Nutritional Facts for Kettle Corn in a Whirley Pop

    Serving Size: 1 (9 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 48.3
    Calories from Fat 30
    Total Fat 3.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 290.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 4.7 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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