Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Salty, Crafty, and Sweet {Kettle Corn}

On Monday, we made kettle corn.  I know what you're thinking.  Kettle Corn is both salty AND sweet, and Monday is salty day.  But I think of it as more of a snack to drink a Diet Coke with, therefore I think it's more of a salty treat.

Salty and sweet snacks are my favorite.  I like to think of kettle corn as a diet food because it saves a lot of extra calories.  Instead of trading back and forth between salty and sweet when you snack, you can just keep eating kettle corn.  Adults love it.  Kids love it.  And it's extra good when it's hot.  So serve it as a snack when you have company, and they will love you.  And we all want to be loved, right?

Joseph was my helper for the first batch.  He was a little crabby because I didn't give him the snack he wanted.  He's dealing with that inner turmoil... you can see it on his face.  

Still getting over it.

And now he's over it.  The magical corn fixed everything.

Graham loves making this.  I think it's because the popcorn maker is fun to work.  It's kind of like working in the garage with tools.  Or at least that's what I tell him

Look at this yumminess.

Ready to be bagged up and given to friends.
I forgot to get a picture of how cute it looked in the bag.
Sorry about that.

The one "problem" with kettle corn is that you need one of those old fashioned popcorn makers to make it.  I tried it in a pan to see if it would work out.  It was just okay.  It looked like this.  Edible, but with lots of burned pieces.

Not quite as good and evenly cooked as the other batches.  

Here's a link if you want to know what to look for.

If you didn't want to buy it online, Target usually only carries them around the holidays.  And they clearance them out after Christmas, or at least that's how I got mine.  They also have them at Williams Sonoma this time of year, and I've also seen them at Cabelas.  The good news is they aren't that big of an investment, and you could add one to your Christmas list.

Here's the recipe.

Kettle Corn
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar

Put oil and popcorn in popcorn maker and keep twirling until you can hear it's about to pop.  It's an easily acquired skill, so no need to worry.  Add the sugar, and keep stirring until it's fully popped.  Pour onto a cookie sheet or some wax paper.  Sprinkle with salt.


Simple Sanity said...

Oh Sarah!!! That looks so good! I just put the popper on my Christmas grab bag list. That would be especially fun for next year's camping trip. Is the link the one that you bought? Does it work well?

Sarah said...

The one I have is from Target, but I think they're pretty much all the same. I bought some for wedding presents at Williams Sonoma one year b/c they were on clearance and they even looked the same as the one I bought at Target. It would be a great camping thing... :)

Susan said...

I love kettle corn!!! LOVE IT!

Rebekah McPeak said...

I still remember when you made it at Jim and Holly's house and won the whole crew over! I might just have to make some tonight.

Melissa said...

Now I know why Graham was talking about kettle corn. I wasn't totally following.

Anonymous said...

You've inspired me. I'm totally going to make my own kettle corn. I had no idea it was so easy. I just discovered Angie's Kettle Corn a few months ago, and fell madly in love with kettle corn. But with how easy it is to make at home -- why bother buying industrial? Thanks, Sarah! -- Sara Davis

Sarah said...

I just made this too, a couple days ago!! (I halfed the sugar because we were just eating it ourselves.)

Krista Sanders said...

And it’s SO YUMMY!! Thank you, friend for sharing with the Sanders!!