Monday, December 1, 2014

[Gluten-Free] Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn

I love kettle corn. It's one of my favorite snacks of all-time. What's not to love? It's sweet. It's salty. And the crunch! Yes sir, the combination can be pretty addicting. Not that I know anything about eating an entire bowl all by yourself before the movie starts...who me? noooo. Okay, maybe once or four times.

My favorite place to get fresh kettle corn is at the Florida State Fair. I love the other parts of the fair, but if I'm being honest, I go to the fair because of the kettle corn. It's made in a big cast iron kettle and there's one person, usually a man dressed in overalls, stirring the pot with a huge wooden paddle. It makes the most glorious smell. You can buy a small bag or a big bag. As you can see, I always choose the correct option.

And while I am anxiously counting down the days to the state fair, there's no reason I can't satisfy my kettle corn cravings in between. Yes, there are plenty of bagged options in the chip aisle, but there's just nothing like a fresh bowl of homemade kettle corn. The other day I added a hint of cinnamon to my usual batch and it was amazing! Make this recipe of Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn and see if any of it survives the previews.

I double-dog dare you :)

[Gluten-Free] Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn
This is one of those recipes that I know by heart. It's so easy to make! I love to make it for a movie night, but I really love to make it as an unexpected appetizer. My guests always go crazy for it!

Serves 4-6

¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large stockpot, add the oil and kernels. Cover the pot and cook over medium-high heat. When it starts to sizzle (about 2 minutes), pour the cinnamon sugar into the pot and quickly stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Place the lid back on.

Cook over medium-high heat until the corn starts popping. Shake the pot after every couple pops. When the popping stops, immediately pour the popcorn evenly into two large bowls. Sprinkle a ¼ teaspoon of salt to each bowl and mix until combined. Enjoy!

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