This homemade brown sugar cinnamon kettle corn is an easy kettle corn recipe. The sweet, salty, crunchy combination is delicious!
I came across a recipe for sweet and peppery kettle corn in a magazine recently and wanted to try making it without the peppery part so I started looking for other recipes. All of the recipes I found for kettle corn come with difficulties. The biggest issue is that the popcorn and sugar coating tend to burn easily. So, I decided why not make is by adding the sugar after the popcorn is done popping? It isn’t true kettle corn then but it is just as tasty.
Put the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and return to the microwave for another 30 seconds or until the butter is melted. Stir well. It will still be pretty thick and gloppy.
I made the popcorn in a 6 quart stock pot. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat with a couple of kernels of popcorn in it, with the lid on it. Once the popcorn pops, the oil is ready. Since I am kind of a scardey cat, I used heavy duty, elbow high oven mitts to do the rest the steps. Carefully lift the lid, pour in 2/3 cup of popcorn kernels. While allowing the steam to escape, gently shake the pot while the popcorn pops. Remove the popcorn from the heat as soon as it is done popping. After making the stove top popcorn, I realized that this recipe could probably be made with microwave popcorn but nothing beat popcorn made on the stove top!
Make sure that the brown sugar cinnamon butter is hot, if it isn’t return to the microwave for a few seconds to heat it. Drizzle half of the brown sugar cinnamon butter over the popcorn in the pot, sprinkle with salt and stir. Then, pour the popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle the rest of the brown sugar cinnamon butter over the popcorn, sprinkle with salt and stir well. I think this popcorn could be baked at this point to make it crunchier. I mentioned that to my daughter as we we sampling the kettle corn. She said she loved it as it was!
Allow it to cool a bit before sampling! The resulting brown sugar cinnamon kettle corn is sweet, chewy, crunchy and salty!
I filled handmade paper cups with the popcorn.
Paper cups are easy to make and they look so cute! Use this step-to-step to make your own.
I added a piece of washi tape for a little color.
Can you do this in a microwave popper?
I’m sorry, but I don’t have any experience with a microwave popper. I would suggest looking at the instructions that came with it and they should explain the limitations. Best of luck! ~Tonia
This looks so yummy!!!! I must give this a try. : )
Heather @ French Press says
I’m not sure which I like more the popcorn or those adorable bags! thanks for the great tutorial
Great recipe, Tonia….and I love the little paper cups! So cute!!
Abbi Lewis says
Just made this tonight and it was great! Thanks for sharing.
Woohoo! Not much makes a food blogger happier than a reader stopping by to say they made a recipe from the blog and that they enjoyed! Thanks, Abbi!
I love the paper cups!
Cinnamon is one of my favourite flavours but putting it ground, right onto the popcorn makes it kind of gritty so this sounds like a great recipe. I’ll have to try it for my next movie night.
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Thanks, Sarabeth! Maybe you could mix the cinnamon with melted butter to help get it spread around more! You wouldn’t even have to add the brown sugar.
Jane's Adventures in Dinner says
Yes please! I would love this for any movie night (well, or any night…).
I agree! Thanks, Jane!
Kelsey Apley says
Sounds delicious!!! Gonna have to try this next time I feel like I am craving it!
Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
Totally love the diy paper cup! Adding it to our bucket list this summer! We do popcorn A LOT around here!
Thanks, Nancy! Popcorn is a daily snack around here too! We love it!
Love the brown sugar cinnamon variation! I’m always sprinkling cinnamon on baked goods but have never tried it with kettle corn. Sounds great!
Thanks Jessica! I love cinnamon on baked goods too!