Summer recipe week! Spicy kettle corn

It’s day two of my week of easy summer recipes and this one will take minimal effort with maximum flavor return.  Kettle corn with a hint of cayenne brings nostalgia of the county fair, a sure sign of the dog days of summer. You can easily make kettle corn in your own kitchen that can be a great snack, something to share, or as a gift to give a hostess of a summer picnic. I do love some kettle corn….I discovered this spicy version last year (or the year before, I can’t remember) and have been in love ever since.

I started making my own at home to save money and curb the craving during the off season.  I use an air popper to save on some calories, but frying up your popcorn in oil will make it more authentic.  With only a little brown sugar and butter spread out among a large bowl of popcorn, this is a healthy treat that can satisfy your sweet tooth (or teeth in my case) without blowing your healthy eating lifestyle. Modify the amount and ratio of butter to vegetable oil.  I vary and sometimes use more butter and less oil and less of both, depending on the size of the batch.  I let this cool so the delicious flavors will melt into the popcorn, but if you’re looking to serve this right away, it’s always a hit.  Kids can grab handfuls, adults will take the bowl and do the same, making this an excellent dish to pass or gift to give.  Put a large batch in a decorative bowl to say “thank you” and you’ll be the most popular person in the room.  I have yet to see anyone frown at receiving this and minus someone with extensive dental work–everyone is usually happy to pick their teeth or find some floss.

You’ll need:

10 min.

  • 1/4 c. unpopped popcorn kernals
  • air popper
  • 3 T. vegetable oil or oil of choice
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3 T. brown sugar (white sugar is fine too)
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Put the butter and the oil into a small pan and place the pan on a medium-heat stove
  2. Melt the butter, add  the oil and the sugar and stir everything together just till the sugar dissolves completely (the sugar must not scorch)
  3. Take the pan off the stove
  4. Add the kernels to the popping tray
  5. Place a large bowl under the popper and switch it on
  6. Wait till all the kernels pop
  7. Once all the kernels are in the bowl take the pan and pour its content into the bowl
  8. Shake the bowl till the sugar, butter and oil are well mixed with the popcorn. If you want to cool it, lay it out on a cookie sheet or something comparable.
  9. Sprinkle salt on the popcorn
  10. Enjoy Your Kettle Corn!
  11. If you can keep it from prying hands–let this sit out overnight so the coating gets hard just like the fair! It may be too much to resist….
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