Kettle corn with Stevia

We really like popcorn as a snack at our house.  Except in a real pinch, we do not go for the microwaved stuff, but instead use a whirley pop.  If you have never seen one, google it.  They are great.  It takes just a little more effort than the microwave, tastes better, is customizable, and is better for you.  Sometimes we put a little too much salt on it, but that is about it.

Until very recently, I was the only one in the house who ever expressed a like for kettle corn, so we just stuck with the plain and simple.  However, Olivia bought some kettle corn for a fundraiser at school last week and said she liked it.  I decided to try to make some, but was not really keen on pouring a bunch of sugar (and the calories) onto our popcorn. Just a little research on the internet led me to a simple recipe (really a combination of different ones I ran across) using Truvia (a combination of Stevia and erythritol) that I use in some of my other cooking.  (Fair warning, I do not know exactly how many calories are in the erythritol, but I am pretty sure the Truvia is insignificant versus a comparable dose of sugar.)

Directions:

  1. Put whirley pop on stovetop on low heat.
  2. Put just a little oil (I use olive oil) in the bottom.  I do not measure it, but it is probably 1/2 tablespoon.
  3. Increase the heat to medium.
  4. When the oil starts to smoke add 1/3 cup or a little more of popcorn kernels and 4 packets of Stevia.
  5. Quickly place the lid on the whirley pop, and increase the heat to medium high.
  6. Turn the crank on the whirley pop constantly.
  7. When the popping slows, take off the stove.
  8. Pour into a bowl.
  9. Add salt and butter to taste, if you like, but try it without first.
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