Sweet and Salty? It’s the 5 Best Kettle Corns

Kettle corn is the perfect snack. It’s sweet and salty. It’s crunchy but also soft. It’s nostalgic, cheap, and readily available. There is absolutely nothing wrong with kettle corn. It has everything you want in a little treat and more.

This flavorful variety of popcorn shouldn’t be reserved for county fairs and rodeos. You should be buying it and eating it at home! And to help you do that, we rounded up all the nationally available, store-bought kettle corn we could find, tasted them, and compiled this list of the best kettle corn on the market. Alright, it’s time to get to snacking.

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Best of the Best

Popcorn Indiana Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn

First of all, how could you not love that name? Popcorn Indiana feels so charming. Luckily, their kettle corn lives up to its endearing name. It’s the perfect—and I mean perfect—balance of sweet and salty. The popcorn itself is so light and there wasn’t a single burnt kernel in the bunch. It comes in a giant bag, which is great because it’s so delicious you’ll want to eat a giant bag of it.

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Rating:

10/10

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Most Surprising

Smartfood Popcorn Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn

Much like their white cheddar version, Smartfood Popcorn Kettle Corn is so delicious that I could eat 9,000 pounds of it. I thought that there was no way this kettle corn could live up to their white cheddar popcorn, but it almost does (almost, because the white cheddar popcorn is a perfect 10/10). It’s not overly sweet, but pleasantly sweet. This is a great option for popcorn lovers looking to make a foray into the kettle corn world.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Microwave

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Corn Microwave Popcorn

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Corn Microwave Popcorn is the only microwavable kettle corn we tried that I’d recommend. After tasting this, I realized I had never had hot kettle corn before. I liked it! Especially this brand. It was nicely buttery without being greasy like some of the other microwave kettle corns on the market. And while I don’t know if I’ll be making the permanent switch to microwaved kettle corn, this was a nice change of pace.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Salty

Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn

Trader Joe’s makes a dang good bag of kettle corn. It’s very salty, which I love. But don’t get me wrong, it’s still sweet and distinctly kettle corn. This is super cheap and perfect for a party or movie night. Plus, I love that the package is circus themed. It feels very on-brand for kettle corn and I’m here for it.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best “Healthy”

Angie’s BoomChickaPop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn

This popcorn definitely beat out any other “healthy” kettle corn we tried. Plus, it doesn’t have any stupid weight-related stuff in the name (like “skinny” or “thin” or “fitness”). This one actually tasted good. It was very light in terms of both sweetness and saltiness. While I typically want a little more from my kettle corn, I think this is a great option for anyone with a more mild-seeking palate. It comes in full-size bags as well as cute little single-serving packages.

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Rating:

8/10

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Other Products We Tried: Stonehedge Farms Gourmet Kettle Crunch Popcorn, Skinny Pop Kettle Corn, Lesser Evil Himalayan Sweetness, Angie’s BoomChickaPop (microwave), Act II Buttery Kettle Corn, Pop Secret Kettle Corn, Signature Select Kettle Corn

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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