Kettle Corn with Less Sugar (Low Calorie)

I created this delicious Less Sugar Added Kettle Corn recipe as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars and SPLENDA® brand; all opinions are my own #SweetSwaps #SplendaSweeties

A little sweet, a little savory and a whole lot of crunch – Less Added Sugar Kettle Corn is perfect for a snack.

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The perfect snack at 2 weight watcher points, less sugar Kettle Corn.

It’s 4pm and my stomach is starting to growl for snack time.  Oh, 4pm feels like the bewitching hour.  I feel a little grumpy and can think of nothing but food.  My lunch calories have long since gone, and my stomach is demanding food before my body provides me with more energy.  Last year I reached for a bag of chips way too often.  This year I am stomping that snack monster down by feeding it air popped popcorn turned into less added sugar kettle corn.  Kettle corn is perfect for a snack.  It takes care of both my sweet and savory snack craving.  Winner, winner, popcorn snack.  Ok, that doesn’t rhyme, but you get the idea.

Not too sweet - just perfect.

With a small 4pm snack, I feel like I can make it until dinner and keep my New Year’s resolution of a healthy body and mind.  Normally a cup of kettle corn has approximately 16 grams of sugar in it.  That is more than half of your daily intake of sugar.  Whoa! By swapping SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for granulated sugar, I  can slash the sugar grams.  (No, that doesn’t mean I eat more – cheeky response! I know you were thinking it.) I am really striving for balance in my life, work and food.  So far so good. Scratch that thinking – this is a lifetime change not so far so good, in other words I think I’ll blow it sooner or later.  For once I don’t feel that way.  I feel in control of food rather than food controlling me.  It is rather empowering.

Addictive popcorn

With this Less Sugar Kettle Corn, I am able to deal with both my salty and sweet cravings.  SPLENDA® Sweeteners products are helping me achieve my goals. They have lots of other cool ideas to help you keep your New Year’s Resolution at Sweet Swaps.  What is your favorite afternoon snack?

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Less Sugar Kettle Corn

Course Appetizer, Snack
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 71 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 8 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 2 sprays of cooking spray
  • 2 tsp. SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Spray once with cooking spray and toss to coat. Spray again and toss popcorn.
  2. Stir in SPLENDA® and salt.
  3. Pour all the popcorn and any salt and sugar into a cast-iron pan over medium heat.
  4. Stir constantly until sugar just starts to melt.
  5. Carefully pour into a bowl and enjoy

Recipe Notes

I calculated 2 Weight Watcher Smart points

Nutrition Facts
Less Sugar Kettle Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. I used to love to make homemade kettle corn and then I calculated the calories one day and haven't made it since! This looks like a huge improvement on the recipe! I love that the popcorn is air popped so there isn't a ton of oil and fat. This would make the perfect afternoon snack. And those popcorn boxes are too cute.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Tracy. The real key to this is tossing everything in a cast-iron pan afterwards. Gives the popcorn great flavor.
  2. This sounds so great. I was just noticing how long the line was at the mall yesterday at the Kernels kiosk. Much better to make your own at home.
  3. This looks great! I love the sweet and salty combination.
  4. My kids eat tons on sweet popcirn so I am always happy to se ways i can make pop corn with 'less sugar'
  5. hm, this is a great idea, a pity you cant take it into the cinema :)
  6. I love Kettle corn, but I am liking this "less sugar" version!
  7. I love homemade Kettle Korn and the fact you made this with less sugar is fabulous!
  8. it looks perfect for "TV time" with my husband :)
  9. Wow I didn't realize regular kettle corn had so much sugar. Your recipe seems like a great way to help cut back. I have a sweet/salt tooth, too and turn to popcorn to help settle it. I'd much rather make it myself than eat some of the other options out there.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Lydia, I really like that I can control the sugar and salt. Tossing it all together in a cast-iron pan brings all the flavors together.
  10. The popcorn looks so delicious and I love that this recipe is healthy too! :)
  11. 4:00 is my wort time too, I am usually so hungry for dinner, and know I have at least 2 hours to go.- I loce a sweet/salty snack that I don't have to feel guilty about
  12. We love making popcorn at home and kettle corn sounds like just the thing for an after school snack with the kids today!
  13. I love kettle corn but I don't know how I could handle less sugar on it!! haha I'll have to try this!
  14. We love our popcorn and haven't made kettle corn for caloric reasons. This is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes I get so hungry I want to jump into the computer screen and gnaw on those good looking recipes.
  15. This popcorn is so fun... perfect for movie watching during all the snow storms we have had lately. :) I also love splenda... less sugar is always welcome. :)
  16. You're SO speaking my language right now. I adore kettle corn, Get those snack cravings, too - throughout the day, if I'm being honest - so having a sweet yet less sugary snack like this would be perfect.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Making your own kettle corn means you can control the sugar and salt. Perfect solution to the afternoon munchies, Chrisy.
  17. My husband hates kettle corn. Too sweet for him. I think I will give your method a try and just cut back on the sugar or use the splenda blend. Thanks!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I am with your husband Renee. I usually cannot stand it but by making my own I could control the sweetness.
  18. Popcorn is a GREAT snack for anytime, but I really enjoy eating it when watching a movie at home. Love your video :)
  19. I just adore kettle corn! :) And I love that you cut down the sugar in it- win!


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