Amusement Park Kettle Corn Recipe

Who is a sucker for Amusement Park Kettle Corn?

I am.

The smell alone draws you in like an invisible claw!

How about that price tag on that bag of popcorn? Although, we always somehow find a way to justify paying $8-$12 to please our cravings.

What if I told you that you could have the same quality of popcorn yumminess at home?

For a fraction of the cost and with a small initial investment, you can.

A key element for good kettle corn is the popcorn kernel itself. To clarify, there are many different types of popcorn: yellow, white, hulless and even blue. But, it is best to use mushroom popcorn for kettle corn or other sugary popcorns.

The following is my favorite recipe for kettle corn using a Whirley Pop stovetop popper. This little tool is instrumental in making amazing popcorn at home!


    • Whirley Pop Stovetop Popper:
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup Mushroom Popcorn Kernels:
  • Parchment paperIMG_7937


Step 1:

First, add a 1/4 cup of oil to the Whirley Pop and get the oil hot.

Kettle Corn Step 1

Step 2:

Next, add the 1/2 cup of sugar and stir until the oil is completely soaked up.

Kettle Corn Step 2

Step 3:

Then, add the 1/2 cup of Mushroom kernels and spin, spin, spin the crank on the Whirley Pop over high heat. Don’t stop spinning until you hear the kernels stop popping.

Kettle Corn Step 3

Step 4:

Last, pour the popped kernel out onto a piece of parchment paper to cool.

Kettle Corn Step 4

You will be very pleased with how similar this popcorn is to that $12 bag you couldn’t pass up at the amusement park.


Amusement Park Kettle Corn

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword amusement park kettle corn, kettle corn, mushroom popcorn, oil, peanut oil, popcorn, snack, sugar, vegetable oil
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 Cups


  • 1/4 cup oil peanut or vegetable
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mushroom popcorn
  • 1 sheet parchment paper approx. 12″ X 24″


  1. Add oil to the  “Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker” over a medium to high burner and stir constantly. 

  2. Allow the oil just enough time to become hot and thin, approx 30 seconds, then add the sugar. 
  3. Stir just till the sugar is absorbed into the oil and add the mushroom popcorn kernels. 
  4. Continue to stir the popcorn using the whirly pop handle crank with the lid closed. Keep over medium to high heat stirring constantly to avoid burning the kernels. It will take a few minutes for the popcorn to begin to pop but once it starts it will go very quickly. Keep over heat, stirring constantly until the kernels stop popping or slow to no popping for 2-5 seconds.
  5. Immediately pour kettle corn out onto parchment paper and allow to cool 5 minutes.
  6. It’s that easy! Break apart and enjoy.

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