Friday, April 20, 2012

Popcorn Friday: Homemade Kettle Corn

This week's popcorn continues my sweet twists on popcorn. And it's one of my favorites - Kettle Corn.

I love that at nearly every farmers' market, fair and outdoor event there's kettle corn to be had! I typically smell it roasting before seeing the kettle drum roaster and I reach into my purse for cash - that is if my husband doesn't already have the money out.

What draws me in? It's the combination of sweet and salty that gets me. That, and crunchy. An ideal combination for snack time eats!

Here in Denver, there is a weekly farmers' market in nearly every neighborhood so I can usually find the corn somewhere. But the markets are still a few weeks away from opening.

Hence, I decided to pop my own. Here's my homemade Kettle Corn. I hope you'll enjoy!

Homemade Kettle Corn
Ingredients: *Serves 3
1/3 c. white kernel popcorn
2 tbs. canola oil
1 & 1/2 tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Heat oil in medium pot on medium heat to medium-high heat.
2. Add popcorn kernels, sugar and salt. Stir until kernals are covered with oil mixture. Cover with lid and without removing from heat, shake pot occasionally. Pop corn until popping slows. Remove from heat.
3. Using spatula, spread popcorn onto jelly-roll pan to cool. Break apart as needed.
4. Serve in bowl or individual paper bags.
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  1. When do you add the sugar and salt?

    1. Oh Angie! Thank you so much for catching this! I obviously was blogging too late at night and didnt realize I forgot an important part. I've updated the directions now. All ingedients accounted for! Thank you again! :)

  2. Hi Kelly, my husband & I have just moved to Denver & as a fellow self-described foodie I'd love to hear your thoughts on the farmers' markets around the city - which would you recommend? We live in Cherry Creek so would be particularly keen to hear if there are great markets nearby but having said that, we have a car & will travel for quality food! Thank you, from Sarah :-) PS I'm enjoying your blog!

    1. Sarah, Welcome to Denver! You are in a great location. You will find a larger market on Saturday mornings in the parking lot of Bed Bath and Beyond. It can get pretty crazy so arrive early. That market is known for its food trucks and vendors, but still has some farm produce. There is another market on Sout Pearl Street in Wash Park on Sunday mornings which is much smaller but has more farmer's stands. I believe the markets open in May but you'll want to check dates just in case. I hope you get a chance to check them out!