Best Whirley Pop Kettle Corn Recipe

Maria Garcia
• Thursday, 12 November, 2020
• 8 min read

For an easier cleanup, put some water and a squirt of soap immediately into the popper to soak. Shirley Pop Notes: I actually purchased mine because, try as I might, I just couldn’t make great Kettle Corn in a pot on top of the stove.

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Bonus is that you can use less oil than cooking in a pot, like only 2 teaspoons per 1/2 cup batch. So, this recipe is for a Shirley Pop, as I haven't personally had any success in a regular pot.

If you don't have one yet, and you make popcorn a lot, I highly recommend one! And, personally, I recommend this Kettle Corn recipe over the one in the book.

Quickly empty Kettle Born onto cookie sheet. While the corn cools, take popper immediately to sink, run hot water into it with liquid detergent.

When Kettle Born is cool, break into pieces with a wooden spoon. Store finished Kettle Born in an airtight canister or jar.

Has your nose ever lead you straight to the kettle corn vendor at just about and fair or festival? For those of you who have never had kettle corn, it is a lightly, slightly caramelized popcorn, popped in a sugar syrup which creates a thin sweet coating perfectly balancing the texture and flavor of the corn.

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My tap dancing skills really need some work (mostly because I never had them in the first place). I can play a few jazz tunes on the piano, but that always ends up being more embarrassing than impressive.

Frigate is a sweet and savory Japanese spicy that is meant to be sprinkled over white rice. In frigate you’ll find, dried fish flakes (bonito), seaweed bits, sesame seeds, sugar, salt, and (in the case of my frigate) wasabi.

It’s a magic seasoning that encompasses every sweet, salty, savory, and umami desire. To our kettle corn we also add Corn Pops (YES a cold cereal), finely chopped bacon (burnt is best), finely chopped dried pineapple, red pepper flakes, chives, and browned butter.

This recipe comes from Roy Choir, the god-father of the food truck movement in Los Angeles. I didn’t add a tremendous amount of sugar to my kettle corn.

Frigate, red pepper flakes, chives, and butter are tossed together in the popcorn. Once in a serving bowl I add a good dose (like a wonderful dose) of Frigate, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, and chives.

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It’s hard for me to properly articulate how intriguing and unstoppable this popcorn mixture is. Roy Choir's infamous KettleCorn served a A-Frame Restaurant in Los Angeles.

Add the corn kernels and sprinkle with granulated sugar. When popping slows, remove from heat and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Add Corn Pops, frigate, red pepper flakes, pinch of cayenne, diced pineapple, and diced bacon. Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and toss to combine.

Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with more frigate and minced chives. KettleCornRecipe written by Deborah Dozen, Flavors and Author inherited or bought a ginormous kettle corn popcorn making stainless steel bowl/wok looking thing.

The good news is you can make almost anything and the amount of heat involved will accept almost any flavoring, whether it is water or oil based. Stirring fast is the main ingredient in making great kettle corn.

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Headgear and full clothing is so important because hot balls of oil sugar can missile out of the bowl very easily. Most makers throw 3 kernels in the oil and when they have popped the rest goes right in and the stirring begins.

They sounded intriguing but were far too rich and complex when I, as a flavor made them up. Two of my other favorites happen to be Bit-O-Honeee I invented for the popcorn market and Rain Forest Crunch.

The Bit-o-Honee has the wonderful straight forward almond nugget honey taste and the Rain Forest Crunch has definite coconut, hazelnut and butterscotch notes. Popular flavors for up and coming Fourth of July are always Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla.

I suspect the vendors make the three different colors and then toss bag them together. In Gregg's video below he is using just standard coffee syrup as flavoring which kind of shocked me.

Over a medium heat begin to pop the popcorn, constantly shaking the pot to ensure that the popcorn kernels and oil do not burn. First off, if you haven’t subscribed to get my new posts delivered straight to your email inbox you can do so in the sidebar.

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Just enter in your email address, and you’ll be set to not miss a single recipe ! I can’t even fathom why people wouldn’t like crunchy, sweet, and salty popcorn, but to each own I guess.

It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty that satisfies both cravings effortlessly without making you feel like you’ve fallen of the wagon. To start, you’ll need a large pot that has a cover and is light enough to pick it up and shake around a bit.

However, super light pots like aluminum stock pots with thin bottoms don’t distribute heat very well and will leave you with a burned mess of sugar and unpopped corn. Put the lid on the pot and drape a kitchen towel over the top and onto the handles.

You need to be able to pick up the pot and hold the lid on while shaking it without burning your fingers off. Every 30 seconds or so, pick up the pot shake it all around and then put it back on the heat.

You’ll want to start shoveling it in your face immediately but remember that we did just coat popcorn in molten sugar. This easy recipe is our tried-and-true favorite for whipping up a batch of homemade caramel popcorn.

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Apparently the cool, fall temperatures brings out caramel popcorn lovers everywhere. And it’s always a little disappointing to everyone involved when I have to quietly confess that caramel popcorn, while lovely and delicious, isn’t on my list of favorite foods I want to eat for the rest of all time.

I certainly have nothing against the beloved treat, but I’d much rather face plant into a bowl of warm, buttery, salted popcorn over a bowl of soft and chewy caramel popcorn. I can still appreciate the merits of really, wonderful caramel popcorn albeit in small doses.

And in the interest of hopefully making many of you happy little caramel corn campers, I’m sharing with you a family favorite recipe today. And you have to know it’s a winner if a “meh” caramel corn fan like me finds it pretty tasty.

It’s not altogether too different from a lot of other gooey caramel popcorn recipes floating around online except that I’ve adjusted the popcorn to caramel ratio to the perfect level of soft and chewy deliciousness. I tend to be a no-nuts-in-my-desserts-94.7%-of-the-time kind of gal, but toss in some nuts if that floats your boat.

And if you want a supercharged gooey factor, read the notes below the recipe. Spoiler alert: adding 8-10 large marshmallows to the quick homemade caramel mixture will make the gooiest, the gooiest caramel popcorn in all the land.

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And in the interest of not coming across as a total caramel popcorn scrooge, I actually do have an ancient (bad photo alert!) I haven’t made it in a long time, but Brian, our resident caramel popcorn lover of extraordinary proportions, rated it 10/10 when we used to make it.

Much creamier, it uses whey protein powder in the caramel mixture. So if you are interested in thinking outside the soft and chewy caramel popcorn box, that recipe should be next on your list.

In a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring often.

Off the heat quickly whisk in the baking soda and vanilla (the mixture will foam and bubble). Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn in a slow steady drizzle, tossing the popcorn to evenly coat in the caramel mixture.

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