Kettle corn was introduced to the United States of America in the 18th century by Dutch settlers. Kettle corn has since been sold at fairs, festivals, and events. I have always enjoyed popcorn since I was younger, I remember getting kettle corn at the local city fair and have had a love of kettle corn ever since. I was excited when I learned that I could make kettle corn at home on my stove, and am pleased to share with you my instructions on how to make kettle corn on an electric stove top at home.
This Instructable will show you how easy it is to make kettle corn at home. I hope you find my instructions to be accurate and precise in helping you make kettle corn on your own, and in the comfort of your own home.
Step 1: Gather Equipment.
The equipment needed are: 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup measuring cups, popcorn bowl, Whirley Pop Machine, stirring spoon, and an electric stove top.
Step 2: Prepare Ingredients.
Measure out all ingredients that will be used: 1/3 cup of corn oil, 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels (mushroom style preferred but regular butterfly popcorn will work as well),1/3 cup of sugar (granulated), and salt in a shaker.
Step 3: Turn on the Stove Top.
Turn on your stove top to med/high heat and place the Whirley Pop Machine on the stove top.
Step 4: Pour in Oil.
Pour 1/3 cup of corn oil into the Whirley Pop Machine and allow the oil to heat up for 20 – 30 seconds before adding the popcorn kernels.
Step 5: Add Popcorn Kernels.
Pour 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into the Whirley Pop Machine and turn the crank handle to stir the popcorn kernels. Wait 20-30 seconds for the kernels to warm up (oil & seeds will make a sizzling sound) before adding sugar.
Step 6: Add Sugar.
Pour 1/3 cup of sugar into the Whirley Pop Machine while continuing to turn the crank handle to stir the popcorn kernels. Close the lid on the Whirley Pop Machine (this helps keep the exploding popcorn, hot oil, and hot sugar in the Whirley Pop Machine).
Step 7: Turn the Handle While Popcorn Pops.
Continue turning the crank handle on the Whirley Pop Machine when the kernels start popping. If the turning stops, the popcorn will burn.
Step 8: Listen to the Popcorn Pop.
By listening to the popcorn kernels pop, one will be able to tell when to dump the batch into a bowl. Once the popping sound slows down to approximately one pop per second, the batch is ready to be dumped. It is better to dump the popcorn out earlier rather than later in order to prevent it from burning.
Step 9: Dump the Batch.
Dump the batch by lifting up the machine and tilting its lid opening over a large bowl. Do not open the lid, allow the popcorn corn to push the lid open and fall out into the bowl on its own. Continue turning the handle on the machine to help the popcorn come out easier.
Step 10: Add Salt.
While still hot, lightly salt the popcorn and gently stir with a spoon to distribute the salt more evenly.
Step 11: Cool Off.
Let the popcorn sit to allow time for the popcorn and sugar to cool off.
Step 12: Enjoy!
Your Popcorn is now ready to serve and eat!