Yep, that's right: homemade kettle corn. And it's super easy as well as super delicious. Let's break it down, shall we?
Time Needed: 5-10 minutes
Level of difficulty: easy
Materials needed: 1/4 cup vegetable oil or butter (I like butter better, but whatever suits your fancy), 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels, 1/3 cup sugar, 3-4 teaspoons salt (to taste)
Directions: Melt your butter and bring to a boil or heat your oil until it ripples/shimmers in a large saucepan or soup pot. (That's right, I said soup pot - in my opinion, it works way better than a saucepan!) Pour in the popcorn and sugar and stir. Cover. When the kernels start to pop, shake the pot every few seconds to mix the pot and keep the popcorn from burning. As soon as there's a layer of popped kernels covering the bottom (and if you're brave enough), open the lid just enough to fit in a wooden spoon and stir until popping slows to about the speed you'd take it out if you were using a microwave popcorn bag. Stirring helps to keep it from burning, which I definitely did the first time and totally want to keep you from doing because it stunk SO badly. Once the popcorn is done, immediately pour into a bowl (to keep it from burning) and put in the salt. Toss the popcorn to evenly distribute the salt.
And then... time yourself to see how long the popcorn will last. I'm serious. My husband hates popcorn, and he requested that I make this the next two days after I made it and still talks about it. My bf Monica said she had dreams about it the night after she ate it, and she said her husband, who also hates popcorn, hogged the bowl when she made a big batch of it the next day. Seriously, you are gonna love this business. Delicious!