4 generous cups corn kernels: fresh, frozen, or canned
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk, more to thin if necessary
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
Canola oil, for frying
Optional ingredients: Powdered sugar, maple syrup
Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add eggs, milk, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir together to make a batter.
Add corn and chives to batter. Fold together to combine.
Heat canola oil to 365 degrees. When oil is heated, drop spoonfuls of batter and cook, flipping to the other side, until golden brown.
Drain on a towel-lined plate. Serve alone, with dipping sauces, or sprinkled with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup.