Because I love popcorn so much, I decided to start experimenting and trying out my own popcorn recipes. There are so many ways you can make popcorn: sweet, savory, covered in cheese, etc... I decided to start with the basics and make kettle corn. If you're ever wanting to spice up your popcorn and don't want to settle for butter and salt, this is the way to go.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernals
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp kosher salt
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add popcorn and sugar giving it a quick stir and then cover with lid. Once popcorn starts popping, pick it up and give it a quick shake every few seconds until popping slows down, between 3-4 minutes. Remove immediately from heat and pour into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.
The key to successful kettle corn is being persistent and shaking it every few seconds. You cannot let it sit too long on the stove or it will start to burn. Also, once you finish the popcorn, keep it in the same pot. Make sure and transfer it into a bowl or pan or else it has a good chance of burning too! **If you are not able to get all of the kernels popped, you are not alone! It is better to have some kernels unpopped then to burn the whole batch. Trust me, I made that mistake the first time I tried this recipe.**