Spiced Kettle Corn

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Popcorn used to be a somewhat magical food to me. Growing up I was only aware that popcorn came from little bags. These bags were small and flat, they went into the microwave and came out all puffed up and full of cooked popcorn. If that’s not magic, I’m not sure what is.

Now, I’m not normally in the habit of destroying childhood fantasies. Not once have I ever informed a childhood of the truth behind Santa Claus, and I always ask gap-toothed children how much the tooth fairy brought them. But I have to address the magical popcorn issue. This is totally not magic. You can make popcorn all on your own, without the use of a bag or even a microwave.

The best part about making popcorn yourself is that you can add all kinds of flavors that you can’t find in the grocery store. I used cinnamon and cardamom, but play around with your favorite spices for this recipe. And also, there is nothing like fresh kettle corn. I don’t care what anyone tells you, kettle corn from the microwave is nowhere as good as the stuff made over the stove or in an actual kettle.

Spiced Kettle Corn

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½ cup popcorn kernels
¼ cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot with a lid. Add in the popcorn kernels and sugar and cover. After a few minutes you’ll start to hear the first pops of popcorn. Keeping the lid on, lift the pot and shake a few times. Repeat this every few seconds until the popping begins to slow.

Remove from heat and sprinkle the popcorn with spices. Gently toss the popcorn and serve immediately.

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Barefoot Belle October 13, 2010 at 4:20 am

I love kettle corn, and I love the addition of cinnamon and, surprise! cardamom. I’m going to a party tomorrow night and I think you just gave me something to take!

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Katrina October 13, 2010 at 5:01 am

Yum! I love kettle corn :)

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Katie October 13, 2010 at 5:54 am

Well, I’m not *THAT* old, but I remember making popcorn on the stove when I was a child… but never with anything but butter and salt. This looks yummy – I haven’t made popcorn without a microwave for a very long time, I’ll have to try this soon. :)

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amanda@seegirlcook October 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

mmmmm! i looove kettle corn…spiced sounds amazing!

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Joanne October 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

I really wish someone had informed me of this in college when I spent lots of money on many many many bags of those 100 calorie popcorn things. Ah well, better late than never. That cinnamon cardamom combo of flavors sounds really super good. My two favorite spices!

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sterling style October 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I would love some of that right now! Yum!

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Dana October 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

Oh my!
I’m a new cook when it comes to kettle corn, but it is so good that I’ve probably made it a dozen times already. Spiced kettle corn, cinnamon and cardamom, that sounds so good.

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Maria October 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I think I will make a big bowl and grab a movie! Great recipe!

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Kat October 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I love kettle corn! I’ve never thought about making it on the stove before. Thanks for the tip!

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M. October 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

I love this healthy and tasty treat!

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