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Old-Fashioned Kettle Corn

Everyone knows popcorn's a good diet snack—but homemade kettle corn? Now that's a treat! This recipe will work with any type of popcorn, but air-popped has the fewest calories.



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2 Tbs. vegetable oil
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⅔ cup light brown sugar
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8 cups popped popcorn


1. Combine oil, sugar and 2 Tbs. water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 3 minutes. Toss popcorn with sugar mixture in large bowl. Cool 5 minutes, then serve, or store in airtight container.

Nutrition Information: 

1 g
Total Fat: 
5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
32 g
11 mg
1 g
24 g
Serves 7

Comments on this Recipe

Has anyone tried subsituting agave syrup or brown rice maple syrup for the brown sugar? It would be healthier than using brown sugar (which is still refined sugar, after all).

Worked great, yummy taste and super fast. Made this recipe twice in <30 minutes!

How would it be if instead of sugar you added honey or agave syrup?

Oh,it is late September,2009...and popped corn sounds fun. It reminds me of summers and autumns growing up near Toronto, watching films and tv shows at night. My brothers and I had to work out our own afternoon snacks, when Mom was working away from the house. I think that eventually led me to be a vegetarian in 1972: I could organize my own food. So my contribution to popped corn is: a wee bit of celery salt (1/4 tsp.), and the same of cayenne epper, powdered (or another chili pepper, powdered)

Try it lightly salted as well. A little bit of salt REALLY jazzes the taste of straight sugar snacks like this.


My husband and I made this last night. We air popped about 10 cups of popcorn (used about 1/2 cup kernels to get 10 cups!). Cooked up the syrup, preheated the oven to 225, sprinkled the warm popcorn [in large bowl] with kosher salt and poured syrup over and mixed well. Placed on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (2 cookie sheets) and set in oven for about 15 minutes. TRUE & TASTY!!! and we must have saved about $10.

I tried this and it didn't work out for me because the popcorn seems to melt when I put the mixture on it.

Popcorn is not a healthy snack when the popcorn is not organic or is GMO corn. Also putting vegetable oil and brown sugar on it makes it unhealthy and down right bad for you! Try some hommade granola (without the sugar), dried fruit, raw nuts or some other type of truly healthy snack.