Sunday, May 20, 2012

Light Kettle Corn

Last week I wanted to try my hand at Kettle Corn. It was surprisingly easy to make and was a bit hit at my house. A lot of the recipes I found online had corn syrup or a lot of sugar. I decided to see if I could cut the sugar and still get it to taste just sweet enough to not feel completely guilty eating it. I got some great results. I decided to make bags of it for my kids teachers for end of the school year thank you gifts. I tried organic brown sugar in addition to granulated sugar. I didn't like the brown sugar batch as much. I think this will make a great treat for our park days and our trips to the movie theater(shhh, don't tell). I love finding a recipe I can lighten up. I think you will really like this one. Enjoy!

Light Kettle Corn

1/3 C. popcorn (white or yellow)
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Sugar
pinch of salt

Put the popcorn in the bottom of a large heavy saucepan with a handle. Add the olive oil. Shake the pan to distribute the oil. Heat on medium heat until the popcorn kernels begin to swell. When the first kernel pops sprinkle the sugar over the kernels and shake to distribute it. Cover with a lid. When the popcorn begins to pop start shaking the pan back and forth on the burner (this is old school) so it doesn't burn. I will actually lift mine off the burner for a few seconds to make sure it doesn't burn. When you don't hear any more kernels pop for about 3 seconds it is finished. Carefully pour into a large bowl. Once it has cooled for about 5-10 minutes sprinkle a pinch of salt over it. Mix and serve.

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