The World’s Best Kettle Corn Recipe

This recipe for kettle corn is hands down the best ever.  I’ll be honest, I’m not a big salty & sweet person, I’m pretty much just sweet 24-7 (a bad sweet tooth is a curse!).  However, when my friends Missy and Jay introduced me to their infamous kettle corn, I couldn’t be rude and not at least try it… well, let me tell you it was insanely good.  I’m pretty sure I downed a whole batch on my own the first time! I completely give the recipe credit to Jay, he’s the kettle corn master, I’m just the one sharing it with the world!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own batch (it’s addicting, you’ve been warned)

So, if you’re good at math, you can see that it’s equal parts oil and sugar and then double part kernels.  You can make a larger batch if you’d like, but this is the size I make.

Now, here’s the very secret ingredient…

Do you own a Whirly Pop?  Have you ever heard of it before?  A few years ago this was honestly the only item on my Christmas list.  My fabulous brother and sister in law bought it for me and I was crazy excited.
The Whirley Pop sits on the stove and you put in your kernels, oil, sugar etc. and just turn the crank over medium heat.  It takes about 2-3 minutes and you will have the best tasting popcorn ever.
They got my Whirley Pop here and it’s not crazy expensive at all.  (If you don’t own a Whirley Pop, you can still try this recipe in a pot, you’ll just need to keep the pot moving, so it doesn’t burn.)
Okay, back to the World’s Best Kettle Corn Recipe…
Put all of your ingredients in your Whirley Pop, put it over medium heat, and start cranking.  As it begins popping (2-3 minutes) it will be a little harder to crank, so you might need to call in some muscles like I did.  (Kaden loves to help make kettle corn!)

The sugar and oil will caramelize (or something like that) and will give the popcorn a sticky coating.

As soon as it’s done popping, lay your popcorn out on a tray in a flat layer and add salt.  There’s no exact science to the amount, I just salt and taste and taste some more! Ha!

That’s all there is to it.  Does it sound too simple to be the “World’s Best”??
Well, give it a try and let me know what you think!
We’re planning an outdoor movie night in a few weeks and I’ll definitely be serving this kettle corn!
Are you a salty-sweet fan?
Have you tried to make your own kettle corn before?


  1. says

    A whirley pop was the only thing I asked for a couple of Christmases ago too! I wanted it strictly for kettle corn. I’ll be making this recipe ASAP….I think it may be what I have for lunch!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Okay, I seriously eat kettle corn almost every night. Store bought. And it’s expensive. So if it’s not on sale, I go without. Now, I will never go without. And for this, I am eternally grateful. :o) PINNED!

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