Maple Syrup Kettle Corn

Koala Mama Koala Mama  Follow Mar 05, 2024 · 1 min read
Maple Syrup Kettle Corn
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I have loved kettle corn for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my mom had the “old-school popper” that you hand cranked over the stove. I remember when I would put in too many kernels the sides would pop open, shooting hot kettle corn across the kitchen. But, you don’t need a vintage kettle corn maker, and they taste great!

Everybody loves kettle corn, including children!
Everybody loves kettle corn!


  • 1/4 cup heat-safe oil (coconut oil, if you want to make it vegan)
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt


Step 1

Melt oil over medium-high in a heavy-bottomed saucepan with a lid. Add three kernels of popcorn and place lid on pan.

Step 2

Once all 3 kernels have popped, remove from heat and take out 3 popped kernels.

Step 3

Dump in the remaining popcorn kernels, replace lid, and shake the saucepan for 30 seconds off the heat to coat the kernels with cooking oil.

Step 4

Place pan back on heat and shake to prevent burning.

Step 5

Once the kernels begin popping actively, remove from heat again and stir in maple syrup and salt.

Step 6

Return to heat. Shake frequently to prevent burning!

Step 7

Popping is complete when there are 3-5 seconds between pops.

Step 8

Dump kettle corn onto parchment paper and let cool slightly.


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