Simple Pleasures: Kettle Corn

I have not forgotten to post about our new place.  It’s just that we keep getting loads and heaps of new (borrowed) things that make it even home-y-er.  Maybe tomorrow.  Or the next day.  Until then, make a batch of this super easy kettle corn to keep you occupied.

Doc Sci and I have a home date night every Friday.  We can’t always afford a babysitter either in terms of money or in terms of energy required to prepare for a babysitter.  So Fridays we put the kids to bed a tad bit early if possible and watch a movie together.  We started making popcorn from scratch here.  It tastes so much better than the microwave kind.  We don’t have a microwave, but you probably do.  Skip the hydrogenated oils for once, and make a batch of this sugary salty goodness.

I googled how to make homemade kettle corn and discovered Joy the Baker.  If you haven’t visited her blog yet and you love baked goodness, hop on over a give a look.  I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me, so this is an honest referral.  Here’s her kettle corn recipe with instructions, and here’s my version.

Something went a bit wonky with my camera, and the pictures came out grainy.  I decided to put a B&W, B-movie spin on them.  Let’s get poppin..

Get yourself a big pot, preferably with two handles.  Make sure it has a tight-fitting lid.

Pour enough oil in the bottom to cover.  I never measure.  Just make sure when you swirl it, the entire bottom of the pan is slick.  Don’t try to be healthy and use olive oil.  You need something with a high burning point.  I used vegetable oil.

Put four kernels in with the oil.  Cover and heat on a bit past medium.  Wait nearby for the four kernels to pop.  Talk with your husband about how no one seems to work on Fridays in Europe.  Or the rest of the year, really.  How do you get anything done when you have 30 vacation days?

Once the four kernels pop, remove the pan from heat (but keep the burner on), and pour in more kernels, enough to cover the bottom of the pan. 

Don’t overload the pan or you will have overflowing popcorn.  Pour the sugar on top of the kernels.  I did use 3T as Joy suggested.  Sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice, and then cover and put the pan back on the heat.

Get out two potholders, and grasp the two handles.  As the popcorn starts to pop, shake the pan every 10 seconds or so to ensure the sugar does not stick and burn.  When the popcorn stops popping, remove from heat and immediately pour into a bowl.  If you don’t, you will have black icky popcorn, and you will be mad.  Very mad. 

Salt to taste.  Serve with something cold and carbonated.

We ate this while watching Run Lola Run or Lola Rennnt.  Our version was the real German deal, so we didn’t have subtitles.  Call it language homework.  Whenever I see this film, I want hair like hers.  It’s not so weird to have electric fuschia hair here in Germany.  But I think my boys might freak out.

Do you have a movie night?  Leave a comment and let me know your favorite movie night snack.  If you make this kettle corn, let me know how it turns out!

3 thoughts on “Simple Pleasures: Kettle Corn

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