I found this recipe in a family cookbook about a year or so ago and have been making it ever since. It is fast, easy and delicious. It is every bit as good as the kettle corn you can buy from a vendor or in a store, but at a fraction of the cost.
Oh yeah, it takes 4 ingredients and they just happen to be things I have in my house at all times.
First you heat a heavy bottomed pot to medium high heat. I'm using a 6 qt pot here, if I double the recipe I use a larger stockpot.
Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil to the pot and heat.
When the oil is hot, add 3 popcorn kernels to it. When the kernels pop, you know the oil is hot enough for the rest of them.
Add the rest of your popcorn.
Add the sugar, put the lid on and gently shake over the burner until the kernels are only popping every once in a while.
Immediately put into a bowl and sprinkle with salt (I prefer to use course kosher salt or sea salt, but use what you have).
There you have it, homemade kettle corn. A sweet-salty treat just right for snacking.
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup sugar
salt to taste
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot. When 3 kernels dropped into the oil pop, add the rest of the popcorn and the sugar. Put a lid on the pot and gently shake it over the burner until the kernels slow their popping (one every 2-3 seconds). Immediately put the popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Stir to combine the salt with the popcorn and to break up any clumps the hot sugar may have caused.