Kettle Corn in a Whirley Pop

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 5 mins

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.


  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. 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. 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. For an easier cleanup, put some water and a squirt of soap immediately into the popper to soak.
  5. After it has cooled thoroughly, keep in an air-tight container to prevent sogginess.
  6. Whirley Pop Notes:.
  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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
Most Helpful

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.

cpeppin May 15, 2009

A little too salty, but not a problem to cut back. I would use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon next time. Can't say enough good things about the Whirley Pop. On my electric stove top, I set it on "8" with 10 being the highest. Never have a burn problem, but I stir most of the cooking time.

haniski January 18, 2016

I have to add to the "I burnt the first batch list"! After that, it was a real winner in this house. Electric stove, keep it on 4 or 5 (had it much higher at first, as when doing regular popcorn), and remove immediately. As an added bonus, I was able to (shortly after) compact it into popcorn balls! Careful, can burn hands easily!!! Thank you for the great idea and recipe!

newsome.matt79 December 19, 2015