Kettle corn has that perfect combination of crunchy, salty, and sweet that keeps you eating it long after you should stop.
I received an e-mail from a reader about kettle corn.
I really like kettle corn microwave popcorn. It's just not the same adding the flavoring after the corn is popped, as you have to add more and it's not as evenly distributed. Anyone have ideas about how to make homemade kettle corn in the microwave without a lot of mess?
Thanks, Stacia! I had been thinking of making my own kettle corn because I saw a PRETTY scary bucket of microwave kettle corn in the aisle at BlockBuster.
This brand, which shall remain nameless (Jolly Time), had 4 grams of Trans Fat stated in its Nutrition Facts. Ummm, did you get the memo?
Also, it included sucralose AND sugar. Why not just add enough sugar to make it sweet? I guess they were trying to keep the calories low.
So, I didn't come up with a way to make it completely in the microwave, but I did come up with a tasty version which is sweet, made with natural ingredients (no sucralose here!) and only 80 calories per serving.
It is a bit messy (you have to mix it with your hands), but the result is worth the work. You can get it evenly distributed if you melt the maple syrup and peanut butter together - trust me.
I used a microwave popcorn bowl that a reader suggested (see below). You just dump 1/4 cup of unpopped corn in the bowl, turn the microwave on for 2.5 minutes, and you have freshly popped popcorn without using any oil.
This is a bit easier than using the paper bags that I suggest in Homemade Microwave Popcorn.
Homemade kettle corn is a great party snack, watching football snack, or after school snack.
Give it a try and tell me how it goes!
Do you have any ideas for homemade kettle corn?
Homemade Kettle Corn Recipe
1/4 cup unpopped popcorn
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon chunky peanut butter (can substitute smooth)
dash of salt
Pop popcorn in microwave, air popper or stove top (see Homemade Microwave Popcorn). In a small bowl in the microwave, heat peanut butter and maple syrup for 30 seconds. Pour over freshly popped popcorn, add a dash of salt, and mix with your hands. Enjoy!
80 calories, 3.0 g fat, 11.8 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g protein, 1.6 g fiber, 78 mg sodium, 2 Points+
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