I grew up with microwave popcorn, and now and then for fun, we’d make popcorn in the fire with our special fire-popping thingy. So I never learned, until very recently, how EASY it is to make popcorn on the stove. Y’all, it’s easy. Like EASY. I’ve been enjoying better-than-movie-theater buttery popcorn, and today I made kettle corn. All it is is popcorn popped in coconut oil with sugar mixed in, sprinkled with some salt. And it tastes way better than the microwave bags of kettle corn I used to buy.


How to make Kettle Corn on the Stove

  1. In a large pot (mine is 3 quarts) over high heat, melt about 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and stir in 2-3 Tablespoons of sugar. When the sugar is mostly dissolved…
  2. Throw in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of organic popping corn kernels. Cover immediately.
  3. Let the kernels heat up a bit, shaking the pot a bit now and then. Once they begin popping, shake the pot continuously. It’s like a party all up in there.
  4. After a few minutes, the popping will slow, and you can turn off the burner. If you keep shaking, sometimes a few more kernels will pop.
  5. Toss the popcorn with some salt, and it’s ready to eat. Sweet and salty, still warm from the stove, kettle corn made at home is a tasty, easy, and inexpensive treat.

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  3. Gary says:

    I’m 63 and remember when movie theaters actually used coconut oil to make popcorn. Then some genius said that it raised cholesterol levels and it was banned. Recently it was discovered that coconut oil does, in fact raise cholesterol levels but it’s the good cholesterol. Be careful with it though, it can’t handle high heat. Don’t use it in a deep frier.

  4. Deborah Everett says:

    coconut is the best. I love it with lots of butter, some salt, and some nutritional yeast. We used to have this on Sundays over movies… RIP mum! I gave her instructions then.

  5. Evon says:

    Yummy popcorn! I making it most of time! My family loves it! Thank you for sharing great choice of making popcorn.

  6. jessica says:

    Well, my experience is subbing maple syrup will burn, and trying to sub “raw” sugar (the kind with big crystals) makes a big clumpy mess. But my third attempt with just coconut oil is on the stove right now so i expect that to turn out perfectly 🙂

  7. jessica says:

    Well, my experience is don’t try subbing maple syrup or it will burn. Don’t try subbing “raw sugar” (the kind with big crystals) because it will clump up. My 3rd attempt with just coconut oil is on the stove right now and i’m expecting it to turn out perfect 🙂

  8. Debbie says:

    We grew up making our popcorn on the stove as well. Microwave popcorn sucks in comparison. LOL. I love it with lots of butter, some salt, and some nutritional yeast. Delish. Thanks for this recipe for kettle corn. I think my hubby would love this. Must try it one of these days soon.

  9. Rosalia says:

    I just love pop corn. Making it with coconut oil is a unique idea and I will need to try it out. You can also try making it in soya bean oil which is the healthiest oil on the market.

  10. Amandabryce says:

    I want that noooooooow!!!

  11. Raven says:

    Popcorn really is one of my favorite.. Oohh.. I am now craving for it.. I will definitely try this right away.. Thanks for the post!

  12. Leo says:

    I love popcorn and also the idea of making it at home. My husband and I enjoy movies at home with homemade popcorn. I always used to make it in soya bean oil. I think I must try making it in coconut oil. Thank you for sharing this wonderful option.

  13. Girly says:

    It sounds like the perfect addition to a movie with the perfect friends. And it doesn’t seem like something full with cholesterol. I will definitely try it.

  14. Kristin P says:

    Homemade kettle popcorn reminds me so much of my Mum! We used to have this on Sundays over movies… RIP mum!

  15. May says:

    I really want to try this…but does it have to be coconut oil? Could I use olive oil or another oil?

  16. anne says:

    thanks for posting, I LOVE kettle corn, and was wondering if I could use coco oil for my stove popcorn, I wasn’t sure if it’d burn….

  17. MomEinstein says:

    That. looks. fabulous. I am so glad you posted this. My husband LOVES kettle corn and I can’t wait to try this!

  18. This sounds so good and easy. I keep telling myself I’m going to pop corn on the stove – seeing how easy it is, I definitely will.

  19. gilliebean says:

    Ooooo! I am so about to go make this! Yay! Thank you!!

    • gilliebean says:

      Ugh! Fail! I didn’t have white sugar so I tried sucanat. Fail. Then I tried honey. Fail. I burnt both attempts. I’m just gonna use my air popper and add stevia and salt and call it a night.

  20. Shell says:

    I am way old enough to have grown up before microwaves, so I have always known how easy and good homemade is. In fact, I just gave instructions on a cooking message board I belong to. A young girl asked if she could put microwave packs in the oven lol! I gave her instructions then. She claimed she was just kidding, but thanked me for the directions and said she really had no idea it was so simple 🙂 My kids always loved my homemade because I put on lots of real butter. They always called that movie theater style lol – we all know real butter is way better than the oil they put on in movie theaters! I have never tried using coconut oil, but I sure will now, thanks!

    • Joyful Abode says:

      Thanks for your story Shell! How funny that she asked about putting it in the oven!
      My “movie theater” popcorn is covered in butter too. I love it. I might have to make some tonight… I’m on a popcorn kick right now. I still pop it in coconut oil (with some sea salt cracked in) and then after it’s popped, pour on the melted butter and stir it.

      • janet says:

        After popping your movie theater popcorn add the butter and then sprinkle it with garlic powder and parmesean cheese and toss it in the bowl….. absolutely addictive

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