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Sweet and Spicy Popcorn

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 10 cups 1x

Description

Adapted from The Kitchn’s Kettle Corn Recipe


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set it near the stove. You will pour the popped corn out onto this sheet to cool.
  2. Pour the oil into the pot and drop three kernels of corn over the top. These three kernels will be your indicator for when the oil is hot. Cover with the lid and set over medium-high heat.
  3. When you hear one of the kernels pop, uncover the pot and pour in the rest of the kernels, sugar, cayenne, and salt. Quickly stir everything together to coat all the kernels and replace the lid.
  4. Shake the pan occasionally as the popcorn starts to pop, and then more frequently and vigorously as the popping increases. Rest the pot on the burner every few seconds to maintain the heat. Some wisps of steam toward the end of popping are normal — don’t confuse this with smoke! However, if you smell smoke, stop popping and proceed with the next steps.
  5. Listen closely — when you hear the popping begin to slow, 1 to 2 seconds between pops, remove the pan from heat. Don’t wait for every kernel to pop or you’ll end up burning the popcorn; as soon as you think it might be starting to slow down, take it off the heat.
  6. When the popping slows, immediately uncover the pot and pour the popcorn on the prepared baking sheet. Use the long-handled spoon and your fingers to spread the popcorn into an even layer to cool and pick out any burnt pieces (there are always a few in every batch!).
  7. Let the kettle corn cool for at least five minutes — the popcorn will crisp as it cools. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container for several days.