How to Avoid Burning Your Homemade Kettle Corn

Kettlecorn being man in a metal pan

Looking for recipes for interesting popcorn flavors online can be an adventure; there’s often so many to choose from that it can quickly become overwhelming. However, once you have the recipe you want and have started cooking, you may be struck by just how quickly kettle corn can trigger a fire alarm.

Kettle corn differentiates itself from traditional popcorn because of the inclusion of sugar. This sugar is what gives kettle corn its salty-sweet taste, but it’s also incredibly easy to burn if you don’t take the right precautions before you try to make it yourself.

Here’s what you can do to keep your kettle corn from burning:

Use the Right Kind of Pan

Making popcorn means you can use pretty much any pan with a lid because all you’re doing is getting the kernels to pop. When it comes to kettle corn, though, you have to take a little more care when selecting your pan.

Generally speaking, it’s better to use a wider pan that’s a little on the shallower side and made of thinner material. You want a pan like this for making kettle corn because you want to ensure the sugar gets dispersed evenly as it caramelizes across the whole of the batch of popcorn. Plus, the thinner the material, the easier it is to maneuver the pan around your kitchen.

Have a Sheet Nearby for the Kettle Corn

Once you have a lightweight, shallow pan that you can use to cook your kettle corn in, you want to be sure to have a baking sheet or similar tool nearby. Having a baking sheet nearby will allow you to remove the kettle corn from the pan quickly once it’s had time to cook.

As you cook, you don’t have a lot of time between the moment you decide the popcorn’s done to the time the sugar in the kettle corn burns; that’s why it’s far easier to dump it out on a heat-safe surface than let it sit in the pan.

Have a Little Self-Compassion

You should always give yourself a little latitude to mess up whenever you try a new recipe, and that’s no different with kettle corn. While it may be a great treat to make at home, the chances are still pretty high that the sugar will end up burning at some point — but that’s ok!

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