The History of Kettle Corn

The History of Kettle Corn

Oct 03, 2023Mark Midwin

The history of kettle corn is vague and many places around the globe claim they are the inventor of the delicious, sweet and salty treat we love and enjoy. Some historians say the history of kettle corn dates to the 18th century, while others argue the invention of kettle corn actually dates to the 17th century.

In the 17th century, Dutch immigrants are said to have brought kettle corn to the shores of America and settle in Pennsylvania. This is believed to be America’s introduction to kettle corn because kettle corn is referenced in the diaries of Dutch Pennsylvania settlers. Also, the most traditional style of cooking kettle corn is in a Dutch oven.



Many others believe the history of kettle corn originated in Germany in the 18th century and was made popular by two German brothers founded the popular kettle corn company Cracker Jack, when they mixed kettle corn with caramel, nuts, and molasses. The history of kettle corn is also argued to have started in the wild west where horse-riding cowboys would slow cook kettle corn in cast iron pans and enjoy it around a fire.

Today, kettle corn is a classic favorite snack at fairs, flea markets, and more. This delicious treat is now typically made in copper or stainless-steel posts but when kettle corn masters make their kettle corn publicly, they like to pop their kettle corn in large cast-iron Dutch ovens while slowly stirring because it is a fun way to watch popcorn made.



Throughout the 19th and into the 20th century, kettle corn has been a popular snack enjoyed by many people around the world. Though the history of kettle corn is murky, and no one really knows where it was first made or by whom, kettle corn is a delicious and rich treat with a rich and interesting history! America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn is proud to be a part of kettle corns interesting history and provide so many wonderful flavors to enjoy!

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