As I mentioned in my caramel corn entry, I really enjoy a good batch of popcorn. It's inexpensive, smells great, and it can be sweet, savory or both.
I've been loving kettle corn since I "discovered" it about 10 years ago at Costco. At the time they were selling huge bags of ready-made corn. I was slightly obsessed with it and consumed huge amounts of it in college. Like most of my food fads, I got tired of it and didn't eat it again until years later on a trip to Hershey Park.
This Hershey Park kettle corn was different. It was made fresh in a huge vat and sold warm! We bought a bag in the park and I was in heaven all afternoon and all the way home. I thought about that kettle corn for a long time. I looked for similar vendors and I found a few, but once it got cold, I couldn't get my hands on fresh kettle corn. (We're not talking about microwave corn here.)
Then I remembered the Whirley Pop. I worked at Williams-Sonoma in college and I remember Whirley Pop popocorn poppers flying off the shelves like hotcakes during the holidays. I Googled kettle corn and found out that I could make my own fresh, hot kettle corn with a Whirley Pop!
I picked one up for about $20, bought some Orville Redenbacher popcorn and I was ready to go! Anytime I want kettle corn, it's mine! It's like going to Hershey Park every day! (Okay, it's not that fun, but it's tasty!)
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1/2 c. unpopped popcorn
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Place the first 3 ingredients in your Whirley Pop. Turn the heat to medium high (for an electric stove, read the manual of you have a gas stove) and turn the handle slowly.
Keep the handle moving and within 3-5 minutes your corn will start to pop. Continue turning the handle until the popping slows down and the handle is difficult to crank.
Immediately remove the Whirley Pop from the stove, carefully pour the popcorn onto a baking sheet or waxed paper. Sprinkle the popcorn with salt and enjoy!