An Addicting Snack – Homemade Kettle Corn Drizzled With Chocolate

by Pamela

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There aren’t too many fairs or festivals this time of year, so what’s a poor girl to do when she starts craving that salty sweet treat of kettle corn? She gets her butt into the kitchen and pops up a batch – duh. But while she’s in there, and can’t leave well enough alone, she stares at some leftover chocolate on the counter…melts it…and pours it over the top of that kettle corn creating a whole new obsession: chocolate drizzled kettle corn.

Discovering kettle corn was one of those life changing moments. You know…something that if I were an obsessive compulsive chronicler of things, it would have a two page (highly overdecorated) page in a photo scrapbook. It definitely would have LOTS of sparkly things glued to the page for extra emphasis.

Why was this bag of festival food so deliriously enjoyable? I had finally found the perfect weapon to battle those raging female hormones that make you want to wear white clothes from head to toe, ride a horse and to make my body actually have a happy period. Yes, kettle corn might be the world’s most perfect food for that “special time” in a woman’s month.

How is it that our bodies want DEMAND that we inhale salty, no sweet, no salty, no sweet food simultaneously? Cramming our mouths full of salty pretzels, or potato chips, while trying to fit chocolate chips in the available slots at the same time ultimately turns into an exercise of futility. Sure, you can take the shortcut of just eating chocolate covered pretzels, but the ratio of salt to sugar is all wrong. Besides, after eating an entire bag of Rold Gold’s you pretty much feel like you ate a mattress and box spring. UGH! That’s why kettle corn is the perfect period food. Period!

Let’s face it…going to a festival when you’re all kinds of hormonal really isn’t much of a treat for anyone. It’s usually hot, there’s a huge line of other hormonal bitches doing the exact same thing that you are, and there’s just so many people. Problem solved, make the magic pot of crunchy gold at home. Yes, homemade kettle corn.

Kettle Corn Recipes - Chocolate drizzled popcorn

Kettle corn recipes are all pretty much the same: oil, popcorn, sugar and salt. (Yes dear boys who are still reading this post…it can be just this easy to appease us sometimes.) But isn’t everything just a bit better with chocolate on it? Hey, and if you really want to up the salt factor…you could totally toss some bacon in the mix too. (You’ve got to cook the bacon first…which will take some time…so if you’re in a hurry, this probably wouldn’t be the best idea. Maybe make one batch without, first, then cook the bacon while you’re stuffing your face with the first batch and you won’t be tempted to just throw that raw bacon on to the popcorn.) Another benefit of homemade kettle corn – can you imagine how long the line would be if those carny people poured chocolate and bacon over that popped shiz at the fair? It wouldn’t just be the women wailing…kids would be bawling because no one was there to take them on the rides and <gasp> guys might start standing in line since it has crispy pork product on it.

This chocolate drizzled popcorn is a great sweet and salty treat that will keep for a few days too. All you need to do is store it in a zip top bag, with the air squeezed out. But I’m pretty sure you won’t need to bother with the bag, since it will probably all get eaten straight off the pan.

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Recipe: Homemade Kettle Corn Drizzled With Chocolate

Summary: Makes 1 Large Batch


  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 Cup Popcorn
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (or vegetable oil)


  1. Add the coconut oil to a large pot, that has a lid, and heat over high heat.
  2. Once oil is melted, add 3 kernels of popcorn to the pot and cover.
  3. Once the 3 kernels pop, add in the rest of the popcorn (spread evenly) and pour the sugar, evenly, over the kernels and cover.
  4. When the corn starts to pop, gently move the pot back and forth over the burner (this helps to keep the sugar from burning).
  5. When the time between the kernels popping slows down, remove the pan from the heat and keep shaking.
  6. Quickly pour the popcorn into a heat resistant bowl and shake the salt over the top of the kernels.
  7. Stir to get the salt evenly mixed.
  8. Pour the kettle corn out onto a lined baking sheet, in an even layer.
  9. Melt the chocolate, in 30 second intervals, in the microwave. Stirring in between each heating session.
  10. Halfway through the melting, add the 1/4 teaspoon of oil to the mixture, and stir.
  11. Once the chocolate has melted, use a fork to dip into the chocolate and drizzle over the top of the popcorn.
  12. Use all of the chocolate and let it sit until the chocolate hardens.
  13. Scoop into zip top bags or pour into a bowl and eat.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Recipe by Pamela Braun.


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Verla May 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

I made homemade kettlecorn for the first time yesterday. Today I thought to myself, “Chocolate would have been good on that.” I went to the net to see who had already figured out a recipe. I laughed so hard when I read the post that I had to read it out loud to my wife. Fortunately, I just went post-menopausal, so we aren’t both hormonal bitches at the same time anymore. Thanks for the recipe and a good laugh! I am going to have to go read more of your posts.

Pamela May 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for the kind words Verla, you made my day! I’m glad you could laugh at the post…I try to make my posts entertaining. I figure that everyone has enough rough stuff going on that they could use a little levity. Enjoy the popcorn!!! 🙂

Jon M January 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Made the kettle corn tonight and it was phenomenal! I did skip the chocolate and bacon this time since our 5 year-old would be eating it. I had no clue it was so easy to make fresh kettle corn at home and the smell in the house was AMAZING! Thanks again for sharing this idea. In step 6 of the recipe, should sugar actually be salt? I assumed since the sugar had already gone in the pot with the popcorn kernels.

Pamela January 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi Jon,

I’m so glad to hear you liked this recipe. We had it at our house for NYE dessert…no chocolate. My husband was in the kitchen when I made this batch and said the same thing you just did…”I had no idea it was so easy to make this stuff!” When I said “great, now you can make it” he turned and walked out.

Thanks for catching the mistake in step 6…I’ve corrected to salt. 🙂

Belinda @zomppa December 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I adore adore kettle corn, who doesn’t? So addictive, this beats storebought!

Pamela December 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

And it’s so much cheaper than the store bought Belinda. It’s between $2 and $4 a bag here (at the store). When you can eat through that in about 5 minutes, it becomes a really expensive addiction. 😉

Jon M December 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

This sounds amazing! I had no clue it was so easy to make kettle corn at home. I also have some bacon sitting in the fridge that will definitely be cooked and crumbled onto a batch…just to try. Now I don’t have to wait for the State Fair to get my kettle corn fix. Nice photos of your kettle corn too.

Pamela December 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Jon!

I haven’t added the bacon yet…I already can’t stop eating this stuff. LOL Just make sure you shake the pot while it’s popping or you could end up with burned stuff. Truth be told….my first few batches had that and I ate it anyway….it’s still really good. Can’t wait to hear how it goes with the bacon.

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