County Fair Kettle Korn

"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!"
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Ready In:
6 cups popped


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


  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and dump into large mixing bowl. While hot and sticky, salt to taste, stirring well.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. very addictive! I cooked in a cast iron dutch oven, with coconut oil & cane sugar- very good!
  4. This is how I always make kettle korn. I actually just use my oil-popped popcorn maker (really the same thing as popping it on the stove, except it does the stirring/shaking for you.
  5. Very good. Just finished making it now. We've been trying our own kettle corn recipes for a while and its kind of a hit and miss. Your recipe was easy is really yummy. I'd better go finish the bowl... :)


I am a 22 yr/old young woman who is IN LOVE with Cooking! ( an my wonderful BF, Stephen, who is always more than welcome to eat my cooking! ) My full time job at Medical Billing requires me to find an outlet for my frustration, my pent-up energy ( from sitting behind a desk all day ) and my creative juices that constantly seem to flow. I am a firm believer in, If you didn't make it from scratch, then you just simply can't serve it! I make everything that I possibly can - so in other words, I detest and sneer at recipes that call for ready made or instant ingredients. I won 1st lace in the Apple Pie contest at the Jefferson County Fair a few years back - Best Apple in Jefferson County, PA!! That was one of my proudest moments :-) On Friday night, I'm always in the kitchen, cooking up something for my family and BF to savor and rave over. No, I'm not stuck on myself ( or my cooking ) I just think I'm pretty darn good at what I do ;-)
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