Homemade Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn


My sister got me a Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper for Christmas with some yummy cherry flavoring to glaze it. I loved the glaze, but the girls weren’t fans. But, they are fans of popcorn and love the sweet and salty of kettle corn.

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I figured there had to be a way to make it in the Whirley-pop!* (Don’t have a Whirley Pop, see below)

I looked, found and tweaked and now we have homemade sweet and salty kettle corn whenever we want.

The first batch was devoured and it only took like 5 minutes to get the ingredients, measure it out, and pop it.

Then you just have to let it cool (if you can stand it), because hot sugar is hot!

I gathered the ingredients (oil, corn kernels, sugar, kosher salt and the whirley-pop).

homemade sweet and salty kettle corn in the whirly pop

Mixed the oil, corn and sugar into the popper, closed the lid, and got to whirling the handle. Whirl, whirl and soon enough there is popping. When it gets hard to turn, the popcorn is done.

homemade sweet and salty kettle corn in the whirly pop

We poured it out, tried to patiently let it cool, and eat. And, steal some when your mom is trying to photograph it.

homemade sweet and salty kettle corn in the whirly pop

The sweet and salty combo is just perfect for either craving!

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn

Homemade Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn

Homemade and delicious sweet and salty kettle corn you will devour.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3 Tablespoons oil, your choice of vegetable or coconut
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In the whirley-pop, add popcorn kernels, oil, and sugar.
  2. Heat over medium high heat while stirring.
  3. When it is hard to stir, remove from heat and place in a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle with salt to coat.
  5. Allow the popcorn to cool and enjoy!

Looking to make this without a Whirly pop?

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot with a lid over medium heat.
  2. Add the popcorn kernels, and food coloring. Once the oil is hot, add sugar over the popcorn kernels. Stir continuously.
  3. Place the lid on the pot and shake the pan until the popping slows or stops. This should only take 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and pour kettle corn into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Then add sprinkles and other nonpareils as desired.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 601mgCarbohydrates: 34gNet Carbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g

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  1. pat chance says:

    sounds yummy – I didn’t know it was that easy

    1. So very easy! We’ll make some next time you are here!

      Also, I took that popcorn picture with my new camera. Nice, right?

  2. We LOVE Kettle Korn here!
    That whirly pop looks like it would be lots of fun!

  3. I wouldn’t be into cherry popcorn either. My favorite that I’ve tried is chipotle lime butter popcorn — yum!

  4. I’m not a big fan of kettle corn. I like my popcorn just plain, salty but my son LOVES kettle corn. I might just have to look into making this for him. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. I love my Whirley Pop. The best popcorn! My kids would love this recipe- sweet and salty guys. I’m a straight up popcorn gal. A little oil and salt and I’m all set.

  6. I had no idea this would be so simple! I make popcorn in pots all the time (so much yummier than the microwave) but I’ve never mixed sugar in it before, I’ll have to try that.

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  7. shelly peterson says:

    I haven’t popped my own popcorn in a while. This popcorn sounds delicious, the kids would love it.

  8. I have an air pop machine and it’s not the same as having a Whirly Pop! I think it’s time to trade it in so I can make your kettle corn recipe!

  9. Richard Hicks says:

    We eat lots of popcorn and this seems like it so easy to do!

  10. Looks yummy and easy to make. Thank you!

  11. This recipe is so easy and delicious! My hubby and I have made it at least 5 times since finding it! ????????????

    1. Jasmine! This makes me so happy to hear! So glad you and your husband are enjoying it and finding it easy! And now…I want to make some again:)

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