Candy Cane Kiss Kettlecorn

Hope you guys had a successful Thanksgiving!

We did.

Actually this year we decided to go low-key..meaning we stayed home and didn’t invite anyone over.

No traveling.

No stress.

No loads of prep.

Totally different for us…and it was awesome.

We have never had Thanksgiving with just us…meaning I have never had to prepare an entire Thanksgiving meal on my own.

And since I know not what I am doing, I decided that Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t that hard to throw together, so we ditched the prep and went to the movies Thursday morning.

We thought we would be the only ones in the theater.

We were wrong.

My husband even had to forgo his “buffer seat” so a lady with a loud laugh would have a place to sit…

He wasn’t pleased.  Apparently lots of people procrastinate like I do.

But back to the meal.

So I guess there is actually something to the whole, “prepare for days” thing.

Yeah, it’s a lot of work..especially starting at 2 pm.

Alas, we finally did sit down to Thanksgiving later than expected.

Only to hear from my son, “Thanksgiving dinner isn’t that much different than a regular meal”.

Needless to say, I felt like I failed at Thanksgiving.

It shouldn’t be normal, should it?

So next year, everyone is invited over…and I will prepare for days and days and days.

And days.

And then I will cry and wish I was at the movies with no buffer seat.

Now that turkey is in my rear view mirror, let’s talk Christmas.

I’m easing into the baking month ahead with a quick treat… Candy Cane Kiss Kettlecorn.


I got a few bags of these when I was visiting Hershey a few weeks ago…only one of the bags made it home!


I love kettle corn, and ever since I made it HERE, it has  quickly become a favorite!

First make the kettle corn (click here for the step by step)…


Once you’re done with the kettle corn, go ahead and unwrap all your Kisses…

PhotobucketI melted them over a double boiler.. it worked perfectly!


The kisses have these little crunchy bits in them that are so yummy!  They also make the popcorn pretty!


Just drizzle the melted Kisses over top of the kettle corn…


And if you’re feeling extra fancy you can add some festive sprinkles!


I used a coarse sugar to add some extra crunch.


Just let it set up and then dig in!



Candy Cane Kiss Kettlecorn


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (10 oz) bag Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
  • *optional 2-3 Tbsp red sprinkles, or coarse sugar


  1. In a large pot (have the lid handy) heat your vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Place 3 kernels in the pot until they pop so you know the pan and oil are hot enough to add all the kernels.
  3. When your “test” kernels pop, Add in the popcorn and sugar, stirring quickly until coated. Cover the pot and immediately start shaking the pot back and forth, keeping the kernels moving in the hot pan so they don’t burn, occasionally lifting the pan off the burner, while shaking.
  4. Allow the kernels to pop, this will take about 1-2 minutes and when the popping slows to about 1 second in between pops immediately remove from heat, continuing to shake the pot, and empty onto a large baking sheet, to stop the cooking. Immediately sprinkle with salt. This will all happen very fast and I suggest you use pot holders on your hands while shaking the pot, as the pot and lid will get very hot.
  5. Now line a counter with wax or parchment paper and transfer all your kettle corn onto the lined counter in a single layer.
  6. Over a double boiler melt your unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses.
  7. Once melted, drizzle over kettle corn evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with coarse sugar or sprinkles, if desired.


Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

36 Responses

  1. Since moving abroad, Thanksgiving just doesn’t feel … right. The only time it’s really felt like Thanksgiving was one year where I was able to have some friends over.

    Also, thank you for reminding me of these kisses- another thing to go on my US Christmas candy list for my ever-so-loving relatives 😉

  2. Great minds think alike…I made some peppermint popcorn with those kisses too:-) I love that you used homemade kettle corn as your popcorn base. It looks delicious!!!

  3. Candy corn kisses are my all-time favorite. I can’t even keep a spare bag around “just because” because “just because” turns into weird justifications that not even the most justify-y person could get behind. Sigh. I do need this popcorn though.

  4. Marcia

    Great popcorn recipe! We also went to the show on Thanksgiving, but later in the evening after 1-1/2 days of prep, and the meal was over way too fast. The later show wasn’t too crowded, probably because everyone was in a turkey daze. I am so happy to move on to Christmas, bring on the great recipes girl! I’m looking forward to them!

  5. Those are my favorite kisses. Love this popcorn – I’m in love with it! I like quiet Thankgivings at home. I mean, ones with loud family are nice…but there is something to be said about not having to worry about how your house looks, lol.

  6. We always do Thanksgiving at home, and I always do all my cooking the day before…then on Thanksgiving I just pop it all in the oven and sit around drinking too much wine. If we had talked about this, I could have advised you. I”m pretty much the turkey day whisperer.

    Also. Buffer seat. I got stuck with some man next to me at Breaking Dawn who smelled like cigarettes and took his shoes off. BUFFER, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

    Love the popcorn, perfect for bagging up and taking to the neighbors!!

  7. I’m ENVIOUS of your Thanksgiving. It sounds like tons more fun than overeating and feeling like a slug for the rest of the day (er, week).

    The kettle corn looks awesome, and I’m going to take a shortcut and use a few of the 120 packs of microwave kettle corn I bought last month.. darn those boy scouts.

  8. Good grief this looks delicious! I just tried a Candy Cane Kiss this weekend and was floored at how amazing they are. I usually am not a fan of the crazy kisses, but these are amazing! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try. 🙂

  9. Joceyn

    I am so excited to try this. However, I am a little confused about the directions. Should I add the oil in step one or step three? And, should the majority of the kernels be added to the pot in step three? Thanks for clarifying this!

    1. shelly

      I think in the step by step I had a typo.. I wrote in “oil” instead of “kernels”…
      SO yes you add the oil in step one and the sugar and remaining kernels in step 3. I corrected it!! Thanks for the catch.

  10. Diana Hunter

    I absolutely LOVE Popped corn in other flavors: like cinnamon, white chocolate, & now peppermint. I’m so anxious to try it!!!

  11. I never realized how many great things you could do with popcorn until I started following your blog 😉 Now I need to make some of them. I keep saying this on blogs, but this would really make a perfect treat to give away for Christmas!!! 😀

  12. I dream of the day when I don’t have to travel for the holidays and can just make the big feast in my own home. Then, when we’re all full, I’ll go to the movies and maybe hop from one movie to another. Ahhhh….the sweet life.

    Speaking of the sweet life, girl, this is such a clever idea! I love me some kettle corn, too. And, dazzled up like this, you certainly can’t go wrong this Christmas!

  13. Amy W

    being crazy busy and pregnant (with my 5th) this holiday season, I was just despairing over what to do for neighbor\teacher gifts with low budget, low time and low energy. Checking your blog this morning is totally cheering me up, I can make cute bags of this yummy popcorn and check that off the list! I am sure my daughters and I will love it as well. Thanks so much for all your great ideas, I love your blog!

  14. Jenny

    Oh my goodness, so easy & YUM! Thank goodness I bought 2 bags of the kisses, the first got eaten before I had all the ingredients for the popcorn, the kettle corn alone is delicious & so easy!! Thanks! 🙂

  15. Two days to avoid the theater: Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like noon movies alone in the dark. I’m a loner. I bet you never guessed.

    Pretty pink popcorn. Bonus: Peppermint. I love all the peppermint flavors, and I love them more on my popcorn.

    1. shelly

      Although I am a people girl, I do agree that nothing can beat an afternoon movie all alone. Love it. DOn’t have to share my popcorn 🙂

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