Super Dad in the Kitchen: Old School Home Made Kettle Corn

Popcorn is one of the easiest things to prepare, right? Just put the bag in the microwave, push the button and wait. Easy. Although this option is great for when you need to watch multiple kids at once I still think it’s worth the spending a little bit more time making old fashioned kettle corn for your kids (and the kid in you as well).

You can use it as a afternoon snack, or even dessert. And if you read my previous post about Great movies about dads… you can obviously make some kettle corn to watch a movie with your kids.

The recipe is quite easy but try to follow the steps, specially when to add the sugar and never forget to shake the pot otherwise the sugar will burn and won’t be distributed evenly.

Here we go:


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat. (Tip:  add three popcorn kernels, cover with a lid and wait and listen until all three kernels have popped).
  2. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels, shake to distribute then – right before they start to pop – sprinkle sugar evenly over the kernels. (I did it as soon as I heard the first pop)
  3. Cover with lid and listen for popping.  As soon as the kernels start to pop, shake pot gently back and forth over the burner, lifting it up and shaking from time to time, until the popping slows to every 2 to 3 seconds.
  4. As soon as the popping slows, remove pan from heat and immediately dump kernels into a large bowl.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with salt and toss with a wooden spoon.

Now watch your kids stuff their faces with this happy treat!

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Posted on August 3, 2011, in Recipes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s even better if you make it in a pan with a see-through lid!

    • You’re absolutely right. I used a see through lid and could also show Lucas how cool it is when the kernels pop and become popcorn. Magic Science!!!! Thanks for the comment!

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