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!

Top view of a bowl of popcorn with melted pink candy cane kiss candy drizzle

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)…

Popcorn in a rectangular pan

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

Unwrapped candy cane kisses candiesI melted them over a double boiler.. it worked perfectly!

Unwrapped candy cane kisses candies in a bowl

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

Pink melted candy cane kisses in a mixing bowl with a spoon

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

Melted candy cane kisses being spooned over popcorn

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

A handful of red and white sugar sprinkles

I used a coarse sugar to add some extra crunch.

Red and white coarse sugar being sprinkled over popcorn

Just let it set up and then dig in!

Candy cane kisses kettlecorn on a red cloth


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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Dec 6, 2012 12:31 am

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.

Kathy Camasso
Dec 1, 2012 1:17 pm

Just gave this a test run; YUMMMM!

Nov 30, 2012 8:24 pm

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! 🙂

Amy W
Nov 30, 2012 12:07 pm

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!

Nov 29, 2012 4:31 pm

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!

Nov 28, 2012 12:41 pm

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!!! 😀

Diana Hunter
Nov 27, 2012 6:07 pm

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

Nov 27, 2012 8:58 am

You have just taken kettle corn to a whole new level, my friend!

Nov 26, 2012 9:25 pm

Candy cane kisses never seem to last long around here either..,.and I’m sure neither would this kettlecorn!

Nov 26, 2012 6:51 pm

Chocolate covered popcorn is my weakness. This is too much for my little soul to handle. I want a BIG BOWL right now!

I love those kisses! I have never thought to melt them down though, totally need to get on that!

Nov 26, 2012 3:53 pm

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!

Nov 26, 2012 2:42 pm

Yum! That looks so good, I may have to give it a try.

Nov 26, 2012 2:06 pm

day before is the way to go…just warm things up the day off. but oven space sometimes is a problem– so i cooked the turkey on the grill. amazing! love the kettlecorn!!

Nov 26, 2012 1:59 pm

too fun for words!! Great Xmas gift!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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