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Photo: Chauzova Irina (Shutterstock) Movie snacks are a rare source of conflict in my household. My boyfriend is motivated by an insatiable sweet tooth, while I’m a bottomless pit for what I call “salty crunchies,” and in the context of movie-watching, that always means popcorn . Kettle corn is the perfect compromise: It’s sweet, it’s salty, and it’s popcorn—check, check, and check. As I recently learned, kettle corn is also very easy to make. I don’t know why, but it hadn’t even occurred to me that this was possible, let alone no big deal. Maybe I assumed that the “kettle” part of the name referred to a special popcorn kettle, one that was beefy enough to stand up to hot oil, molten sugar, and exploding corn kernels. It turns out that making kettle corn is exactly like making stovetop popcorn with about half an extra step. All you have to do is add sugar to the oil and pay a little more attention to the heat level. How to make kettle corn on your stove To make your own bowl of kettle corn, you will need: A high-sided, 4-6 quart saucepan with a tight lid Popcorn kernels Coconut, canola, or vegetable oil (I use refined coconut) Granulated sugar Salt Don’t let the lack of quantities freak you out—we’re dealing with that first. The basic ratio is 2 parts kernels to 1 part each oil and sugar, but to avoid a potential overflow scenario, you should customize the measurements to […]