Since Keola and I have been married, one of our favorite activities is just crashing on the couch with a good movie and some kettlecorn. When first got married, Costco sold these HUGE boxes of kettlecorn and we had a seemingly endless supply of the sweet treat. HOWEVER, somebody from the kettlecorn-making company decided not to sell them in bulk anymore, and lately (to our dismay) kettlecorn has become harder and harder to find. Thus last night, I went online to see if there was a way we could make kettlecorn at home. Luckily, it's pretty easy to make, although we haven't gotten the hang of it yet. So this is what we did (btw, this is OLD SCHOOL pop corn popping...it's actually super fun and WAY cheaper than buying microwave popcorn):
1) Melt some oil and butter in a pot
2) Put the kernels in, just enough to cover the bottom of the pot in one layer and start shaking the pot continuously to keep the kernels from burning.
3) Put the cover on the pot: VERY IMPORTANT. You don't want the popcorn to go flying everywhere, which it will if you don't put the cover on
4) When it starts to smell like popcorn but before the kernels start popping, sprinkle in 1/4 cup of sugar.
5) The kernels will start to pop. Keep shaking the pot continuously until you don't hear anymore popping.
6) Quickly empty the contents into a bowl, wait for it to cool and enjoy!
*Note* This didn't turn out exactly the way we planed. The kernels weren't evenly coated with sugar, and we left it on the stove just a tad too long. Tonight we'll try to add the sugar at the same time we melt the oil and butter. That way each kernel will get the sugar coating it deserves. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our homemade kettle corn and Hollywood made movie!