Last week, my 2nd grader was very excited to have a new friend come home with him on the school bus to play for the afternoon. He was so excited the night before, he could barely go to sleep. I don’t remember feeling that way about having friends over when I was a kid, but then again, I can barely remember last week….
Is it just me, or when your child’s new friend makes their first appearance at your house, do you feel a bit more pressure for the house to be tidy? Or maybe do you try to be a little extra funny? (If any of my kids are reading this post, they are currently rolling their eyes because they don’t think I am ever funny! I, on the other hand, think I can be pretty hilarious.)
As a food blogger, when a new kid-friend shows up for the first time, I feel the greatest pressure to provide a memorable after-school snack for this new arrival in our lives. You see, in my disturbed mind, when this new friend returns home, they will be raving about Mrs Jones’ great food, which in turn, will make a positive impression with the new parental dynamic in this whole social web. Now, I’m not stupid enough to actually believe this happens, but it is the happy, little world that my mind likes to live in. It is also the same little world where I am skinny, beautiful and completely enthralling to everyone I meet.
So how did The Best Kettle Corn go over with my 7 year old’s new best friend? I have no idea because he never showed up. Now, before you begin to worry about a huge bowl of uneaten kettle corn, the Jones kiddos have never let a kernel of this stuff get away in all the years I’ve been making it!
- 4 Tb canola oil
- 7 Tb sugar
- 2/3 C popcorn kernels
- In a large pot, heat the oil over medium high heat and add a couple kernels of popcorn. Once those kernels pop, your oil is the right temperature. Add the sugar and then popcorn, stirring well with a wooden spoon. Reduce your heat to a little over medium. Keep stirring well with the wooden spoon.
- Once the popcorn begins to pop, put on the lid and shake the pot very well every 20 seconds to keep the sugar from burning. Immediately after the popcorn has finished popping, pour it into a large bowl. Do not let it sit in the pot or the sugar will begin to burn. Salt the finished kettle corn as much as you like!