Kettle Corn

Game night has played a part at every different stage in my life in very different ways. Growing up we lots of nights of playing games like Risk and Phase 10. I also have fun memories of my dad teaching us how to bridge shuffle. I remember laying on my parents bed as my dad showed up how to do a bridge shuffle, which I thought was absolute magic. It took me a long time but once I learned how to do it I would show off to my friends feeling so magical.

In my early 20’s game night meant showing up at my co-workers house and playing poker and blackjack until 2 or 3 in the morning. My co-worker who was obsessed with poker, he even studied techniques and even played online in hopes of one day quitting his job and playing professional. He always won but I do remember the one night after months of getting my butt kicked I beat him. He wasn’t too happy but that might have been because we gave him a hard time. I do wonder what ever happened to him and if he achieved his goals.

Now games are just as big in my life as ever only my husband and I love finding unique games like, Pandemic, Small World and Quiddler. The thing I love about games is it can be a fun evening, doesn’t have to cost anything and it is engaging rather then passive like watching tv is. Why am I talking about games instead of food? Because I am all about family and budgeting and there is nothing I love more then finding things to do with my family that doesn’t cost a lot. Having family game nights where you focus your attention on each other and just having a good night is so important and it is becoming increasingly rare for families. I can’t wait until Morgan is a bit older so we can start planning our family game nights with her.

So today I wanted to share with you my attempt at making homemade Kettle Corn as a perfect addition to a family game night. I have been trying to perfect the art of making sweet popcorn since it is what my husband prefers but up until now I just couldn’t get it right. I never knew how they made kettle corn but I knew it tasted a lot like what sweet popcorn in the UK tastes like. So after some research I decided to give it a try. I did find it a bit difficult to get the timing right and please be careful as you are dealing with very hot oil.

Kettle Corn

1/2 c. popcorn kernels
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Salt to taste


Because you are going to need to move quickly make sure you have all the ingredients prepared and ready to go.

Heat vegetable oil in a large heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Then, toss in three kernels, and place the lid on the kettle. Wait for the kernels to pop.

Once popped, quickly stir in the sugar and quickly stir until the sugar has dissolved completely. I found that any sugar that didn’t dissolve ended up burning the popcorn slightly.

Add the rest of the kernels and replace the lid, and listen for the kernels to start popping. Shake the pan to toss the popcorn as it pops. Once the popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and continue to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. Lightly salt to taste. Every batch that I made I found that the popcorn at the bottom of the pan looked a lot darker. Allow the popcorn to cool before eating so the sugar has a chance to harden slightly.
Kettle Corn
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Ingredients
  • ½ c. popcorn kernels
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Because you are going to need to move quickly make sure you have all the ingredients prepared and ready to go.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large heavy bottomed pan over medium heat.
  3. Then, toss in three kernels, and place the lid on the kettle.
  4. Wait for the kernels to pop.
  5. Once popped, quickly stir in the sugar and quickly stir until the sugar has dissolved completely. I found that any sugar that didn't dissolve ended up burning the popcorn slightly.
  6. Add the rest of the kernels and replace the lid, and listen for the kernels to start popping. Shake the pan to toss the popcorn as it pops. Once the popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and continue to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. Lightly salt to taste. Every batch that I made I found that the popcorn at the bottom of the pan looked a lot darker. Allow the popcorn to cool before eating so the sugar has a chance to harden slightly.
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2 Responses to Kettle Corn

  1. one of my favorite things to get at the festival we have here! ooo glad to have a recipe for it now!
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  2. Chris says:

    I love a good game, too. I remember once we played a game and it took us 8 hours to finish. We played to the middle of the night.
    One thing to keep in i´mind though when having drinks and food while playing a game: One night we played a game and some game chips were placed in a cup. Bad thing, someone tried to fill that cup accidently with a drink …
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