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