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State Fair Kettle Corn Recipe
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State Fair Kettle Corn

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"This will be an instant family hit; a bowl of the pop corn is so good it won't last a whole movie."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat the corn oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the corn kernels once hot. When the first couple of kernels pop, stir in the white and brown sugars. Cover the pot with a lid, and agitate the pot in a circular motion on the stove. Allow the corn to pop, agitating constantly, until the rate has slowed down to one pop every two or three seconds. Remove the pot from the stove, and shake the pot until the popping stops. Pour into a large bowl, and allow to cool to room temperature. Break apart the large clumps of popcorn by hand, and season with salt to taste.
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  • Editor's Note
  • Be very careful when popping the corn and pouring it out of the pot. The sugar will be very hot and can cause severe burns.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 07, 2011

I love the taste of this kettle corn, but for future makers you need to be careful. I ran into a problem with the sugar, following the directions I waited for a few pieces to pop before adding it in and got splattered by oil, was actually stirring the sugar so it would melt enough that I could shake the pot and the sugar would be a sticky sugary paste the kernels just stuck to; again I ran into the problem of the oil splattering. To say the least my first batch burned on the bottom. The second time I made it, I added the sugar and the kernels in at the same time and the popcorn turned out delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 19, 2011

not the best kettle corn i have had

Jul 30, 2011

Awesome! I doubled all ingredients, except the oil I left 1/4 cup. I also threw in the salt (maybe 1/2 teaspoon) along with the sugars. It tasted like a light version of caramel popcorn but was ready in 5 minutes! I know by the way the kids inhaled it, I will be making it a lot! Thanks happy cook!

Jul 24, 2011

For a quick, easy and tasty snack you can't beat it. It was just the right amount of sweetness for us.

Oct 01, 2011

Yum! I used a little more brown sugar that this recipe called for. It was great!

Dec 15, 2011

This is soooooooooooooo good! I will never eat bagged kettle corn again! This is so amazing while hot and has a crispy outer shell...the only thing I'd do next time around is add a little more sugar. Be extremely careful with the hot oil, of course....I wouldn't let children help with making this. 5 *****!!

Mar 12, 2012

My boyfriend & I made a small batch of this the other day to try it and we were blown away! It tastes exactly like the kettle corn I buy at fairs & festivals. I'm so glad I can now make this anytime I want at home. We didn't even have a pan with a lid we used a big wok and covered it with aluminum foil and carefully tucked the foil around the edges so the kernels didn't pop out. It was so good, we've made 5 batches of it in the past week!

Mar 08, 2012

Excellent recipe! I adapted it to my electric popcorn popper and it was GREAT! (1/4 C oil to 1/2C popcorn - let them heat until they are "sizzling" then sprinkle sugars over. I shook the popper to make sure nothing stuck or burned.)YUMMY!


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  • Calories
  • 199 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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