Kettle Corn in a Whirley Pop

Recipe by Dories Lori
READY IN: 7mins
YIELD: 6 quarts


  • 2
    tablespoons oil
  • 12
    cup popcorn
  • 3
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt, scant


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