Popcorn is so delicious made fresh with real ingredients, and it only takes 5 minutes on the stove top! Go wild and experiment with the toppings. I like lemon juice, parmesan, and different types of chile spices. I also love making my own caramel for kettle corn. The possibilities are limitless.
Pour the corn kernels into a medium pot along with the ghee or coconut oil. Cover with a lid and warm over medium heat.
Shake pot frequently while heating. When popping slows, approximately 4 minutes, remove from heat.
Remove lid promptly so steam can escape and transfer to a large bowl. Season with salt to taste or see notes for variations.
Kettle Corn: After removing popped corn, rinse pot and return to stove top. Add 2 T maple syrup + 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to boil-do not stir-for 1 minute. Add 2 T butter and swirl the pot around for 1 minute until butter is melted. Drizzle bubbling hot, foamy caramel over popcorn.Mexican Popcorn: Generously season popcorn with extra melted butter (about 2 T) and sprinkle with tajin spice blend. Taste and add more tajin or salt based on your preferences.