This past weekend, Patrick decided he wanted popcorn and I had been wanting to try making kettle corn at home so that is just what I did. One small glitch, I was out of oil, but I did have butter which worked perfectly. It was super easy and so good.
1/4 cup of unsalted butter (or oil)
1/2 cup of pop corn kernels
1/4 cup of sugar
salt to taste
In a large pot, heat the butter (or oil) over a medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn. If using butter, be sure to stir constantly. You do not want the butter to brown. Once the 3 “test” kernels have popped, add the rest of the pop corn and the sugar and place the lid on top of the pot. You may need to use a pot holder or towel to help hold the lid on as it may get hot. Since the butter and sugar both can burn fairly easily and because you don’t want the popcorn on the bottom of the pan to burn, you will want to keep the popcorn moving by shaking the pot and alternate in 3-5 second intervals leaving the pot on the burner and lifting it up and giving it a good shake. Once the popping has slowed down, remove the pot from the heat and carefully pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Add a few shakes of salt and carefully (the sugar will be very hot) stir the popcorn for a couple of minutes to keep it separated or else you will end up with one giant popcorn ball. That’s it. Just serve and enjoy!