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Last week I spent an entire day at a local water park, complete with water slides, wave pool, and general chaos.

If you remember how I feel about such things, you’ll understand  why I had hesitation in going.

Jordan had been dying to go all summer and this was a girl scout event; a reward for all those cookies I she sold last spring.

As a reward for all my her hard work, we got to spend a day at the least most fun place in the area.

I don’t like heights, putting my head under water, crowds, claustrophobic round tubes, and swimming pools in general, so you can understand my hesitation in going.

The last time I went to a water park I was 12. It was for the birthday party of a friend, and I had tubes in my ears (for the second time). I had to wear ear plugs and, because of the force of the water coming off the slides and the eventuality that I would lose an ear plug thus rendering my head an aching mess, I had to also wear a bathing cap.

Did I mention I was 12 years old? Gawky, just a smidgen overweight next to my waif girlfriends in bikinis and I had to wear a bathing cap the entire day.

Now the gawkiness is gone, the smidgen is more a ton, and the tubes are gone but the problems that caused them remain. But, really, I can deal with all the water, the heights, the incredible chaos that is an amusement park filled with water. (“Okay, Jordan is over there. [Blink] Where the f*&# did she go?”)

What I cannot deal with in a place like that?

Walking barefoot.

Seriously people. A few times in line for the one slide I was nice enough to brave I had to keep my gag reflex in check just thinking about my bare tootsies on the wet ground.

I am the girl in the gym bathroom that showers with flip flops. When washing my feet in the shower, I do yoga to wash one, then the other. (I’m reeealllly good at tree pose.) I will not let my feet (nor any other part of my bare body) touch any part of the floor.

How, dare I ask, is the water park any different than a gym bathroom floor?

{Hint: it’s only different because it’s worse.}

Turns out I am very skilled at walking up stairs on the tiniest portion of foot that gravity allows.

My calves reminded me of this the next morning.

And people seem to have no problem walking around barefoot all day. I wore flip flops and/or water shoes (yes, I brought both) as much as possible. But you’re not allowed to wear them on the slides.


Needless to say, there was a lot of foot scrubbing at my house that night.

And comfort eating.

This popcorn is perfect comfort food.

In her book, the Joy the Baker Cookbook, Joy wrote about how her kettle corn had gotten her through many a hard day.

Of course, I couldn’t just make kettle corn. Although it was good by itself, that’s not quite how I roll.

So I added Butter Pecan Cake Batter (the ultimate comfort food in my book) and toasted pecans. And white chocolate.

Total comfort food. Perfect for when you survive a day of barefoot trauma at the water park.

{Oh, and do you need a last minute teacher gift idea? Then this is it! Popcorn is great for giving…especially when you’re “popping by” to say hello. See? I even made cute tags.}


Red and white container of butter pecan cake kettle corn, with graphic title on the top.

Butter Pecan Cake Kettle Corn

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Kettle corn that tastes like butter pecan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 sections 8 ounces white candy melts
  • 1/2 cup butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 cup toasted pecans toast in a frying pan over low heat, stirring often, just until you smell them
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  • Melt oil and butter together over medium heat in a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Add popcorn and sprinkle sugar evenly over kernels. Place the lid on the pot and turn heat to medium-high. When popcorn begins to pop, using potholders, shake pot every 20 seconds to reduce risk of burning the sugar. Once popping slows, remove from heat and remove lid carefully. Sprinkle with salt and add to a large bowl.
  • Melt candy melts. Stir in cake mix. Pour over popcorn. Add toasted pecans and stir until all the candy is incorporated. Turn out onto a baking sheet covered with wax paper and chill until candy hardens. Store in a sealed container.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Holy Smokes! First, I’m totally down with this version of kettle corn. This looks amazing and I love pecans! I am currently addicted to flavored popcorn. My current addiction seems to be anything made by Indiana Popcorn. Seriously, addicted. Rationed, but addicted. And, I can totally relate to your aversion to going barefoot. I’m very adept at changing at the gym and never letting my barefeet meet the floor. I’m that grossed out by the concept of swaping bateria. That’s what wipe ups are for, right? 🙂

  2. I’m pretty picky about walking barefoot in some places also! This popcorn looks amazing! Coming over from your Facebook page! Enjoy your Monday!

  3. LOL I hate water parks too, but the kiddo loves it, but this year he was all about not going, I was good with that;p