Kettle Corn Date Nights


Life without a television is often pretty productive, I’ve discovered. The problem is when you want to have a “date night” at home, and there is nowhere to watch a movie! Out of necessity, we started watching movies on our laptop, but found it to be more comfortable to watch it in bed. Que romantica! And just to make sure no hanky-panky happens before the movie is over (this only sometimes works!), we make our favorite snack to eat during the movie. Kettle corn!



It’s probably my most favorite snack ever, which is kind of rough on me this week, because I’m doing a two week sugar ban with a friend. So, since I can’t have any, I figured I would share with you a little video demonstration on how to make your own kettle corn at home.

(Please be gentle! This is my very first shy and hat-headed attempt at making a nice short film for you all.) (Music is “Vanishing” by Architecture in Helsinki.)

53 Responses

  1. allie says:

    Oh, this is so lovely. :) Date nights…so cute. By the by, cinnamon & sugar popcorn is my weakness.

  2. Amy Morby says:

    This is just perfect. :) We are always having date night at home, so we’ll definitely be trying this recipe asap! Thanks so much for enlightening me! You’re a gem.

  3. The term hanky panky makes me giggle.

  4. Monique says:

    Movies and popcorn in bed… Fantastiche!

  5. Courteney says:

    Awesome! My husband and I haven’t had a TV since we were married 6 years ago, and we always watch movies on our laptop in bed as well. :) So much more cosy!

  6. Kim says:

    :] really great video!
    it’s always a nervous experience talking on camera for the first time and you did great!
    i’m going to have a date night with my cat and make some!
    big hugs kxo

  7. Laura says:

    the video’s so cute:) and I love the last photo!

  8. jeny says:

    I LOVE videos because you feel like you finally get to meet the person behind the blog! Movie + Popcorn + Bed is fantastic!

  9. Ah, this might be our kettle corn solution! We’ve tried making it in our Whirly-Pop thingamajig and it sort of worked…but it also sort of didn’t. Your handy-dandy and adorable video helped though! Perhaps some kettle corn will be popped tonight… :)

  10. miss james says:

    your video was the cutest!

  11. Sweet popcorn is just the best. I haven’t made popcorn from scratch in ages but next week a friend is coming around for horror movie night. Yor vid came just in time :D!

  12. I love watching movies in bed with a laptop! It’s one of my favorite at-home dates – so cuddly and cozy. We’ll have to add kettle corn to our routine!

  13. Cute video and yummy recipe! I’m going to try to make this ASAP! :)

  14. Oh, you are too cute! Thanks so much for this video how-to! My kettle corn pot broke and when I tried to make some w/out it, it turned out a burned up mess! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  15. Lauren says:

    Such a cute post! You must plan very far ahead as I noticed you still have brown hair in the first pic (:

  16. adorable video :)
    & my fiance loves kettle corn + today’s Netflix just came and its his fav Willow…ha! Totally going to make kettle corn 2nite!

  17. allison says:

    Aw, you’re so precious. Now I have kettle corn on the brain… hmm… I might need to make a snack.

  18. Deanna says:

    I love that final picture. The expression is priceless. ;] And kettle corn is sooo yummy! I’m kind of starving at the moment so I may just try my hand at making some right about now.
    <3 Deanna

  19. Every time there is a fair around here I buy kettle corn. I adore adore adore it so much. Even someone I know runs into me saying, “every time there’s kettle corn around, i see you eating it!” haha. I ned to buy a big pot like that one. i don’t have one. I can’t believe how easy it is to make!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had known!!!! Thank you so much. By the way, your skin is amazing.

  20. Sue says:

    I’ve had kettle corn on the brain since watching “Community” last week. Now I definitely need to make this!

  21. Stephanie says:

    Popcorn of any type is my all time favorite food. When I lived alone I would have popcorn for dinner many a nite.
    Loved the movie btw. You’re adorable.

  22. stephanie says:

    you two are SO cute! and good job on the video!!!

  23. zelina says:

    don’t you just love the t2i? great video.

  24. shaina says:

    seriously loved this little video. made me smile. chris and i make caramel corn a lot…with melted marshmallows and light brown sugar. i totally agree with you about not having a tv. we got rid of ours in september and now we watch lots of movies and hulu. but we pull out our hide-a-bed instead. keeps our sleeping bed free of popcorn crumbs. ;)

  25. tate says:

    I LOVE the picture of you jumping, it is soo cute!
    We also are living (intentionally) with no tv, I use my computer for EVERYTHING! luckily i have a huge monitor!

  26. maybemej says:

    i Absolutley have to try this out. Thanks

  27. Becky says:

    The top photograph of this post is absolutely lovely!

  28. Vanessa says:

    I miss my Mandi!!!!

  29. So cute!! :) And thanks for the kettle-corn how-to, too! Om nom.

  30. kelly ann says:

    aaaww, thanks for this, i can’t wait to try it!
    and you’re adorable! :)

  31. The video is a win! You are so adorable and I can’t wait to see what future videos you dream up.
    I shared it on my blog, I was just so excited at the concept of homemade kettle corn! I don’t know why I never thought to do it before, the grocery store stuff is just not the same.
    Thanks so much for sharing lovely lady!

  32. Kaitlyn says:

    love this! i’ve always wanted to make popcorn on the stove and i haven’t yet, but i love kettle corn so i’m definitely going to have to try it now!
    and cute date idea :)

  33. Carol says:

    I like the top picture in the post, particularly the white wrap you are wearing.

  34. Sarah Major says:

    Hello there!
    I’ve been visiting your blog for the past few months and I just want to say it’s been an inspiration and I love your video! The song is beautiful and now I know how to make kettle corn and you make it look easy enough to try!

  35. Athina says:

    Adorable! xoxo

  36. katrina says:

    your first video? really? then you’re a natural — enjoyed it!

  37. Leigh-Ann says:

    you were fantastic and adorable! I love this post so much :) Love your video + pix, xo!

  38. Love your lil’ video! And you two are adorable!!! Love, love, love!

  39. Ah… we do that waaay to often… eating and watching movie in bed… I have to say it again… waaaaaay too often! :D
    P.S: I’m having an “I {heart} MY BLOG” giveaway which I bet you’d love! :D

  40. Irlanda Amador says:

    Your hair looks wonderful =)

  41. Patty says:

    Your kettle corn is pretty darn good! I wish I had some now.
    Cute video, loving the new hair!!!

  42. i loved this! you are really adorable. and the video was done so well too. i’ve been trying to take more videos lately with my new camera, but haven’t had much motivation because they take so long to edit/put together (well, for me anyway, since i don’t know what i’m doing yet…)
    my point is: great job!

  43. Meghan says:

    Thans for the lovely video! The Royal Tenenbaums is my favourite movie.

  44. I really thought me and my bf are the only people in the world who did this. Watch movies on our macbook in bed, while having popcorn for a date night. You’re so cute. I’m off to show my bf this post now. :)
    Tashrin – A Toronto based personal style blog

  45. Your video was super cute! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of cable tv for a while now. We’ll see what the boy thinks of it.

  46. Leslie says:

    Your video was precious!!!! I can’t wait to make kettle corn. Thank you thank you :)

  47. your the cutest Mandi!

  48. k. whalen says:

    awww ur so adorable! i love the video! well done. ur new hair is so gorgeous too! i want kettle corn now…i will defiantly give it a go!

  49. morgan says:

    so adorable! love

  50. kindsey says:

    i LOVED your video!!! i haven’t been keeping up with my usual blogs but i’m so happy this was still on the front page. ’cause i could have missed it!!! brilliant! :)

  51. molly says:

    great ideas as per usual! also weird to hear your voice on the video after reading the blog for a while!have to admit i gave u and english accent in my head even knowin it wasn’t so! xoxo

  52. June says:

    Your video is delightful! It was composed wonderfully! I’ll have to try kettle corn sometime!

  53. Floor says:

    We watch movies in bed with ice-cream!