Our Nana brought this popcorn to a Sunday dinner several weeks ago and since then we’ve had it several times. It’s so good and tastes just like Cracker Jacks! Add peanuts or leave them out- it’s your choice.
Copycat Cracker Jacks
Recipe from Allrecipes
- 4 quarts Popped Popcorn (16 cups) ~ (1½ cups kernels)
- 1-1½ cups lightly salted Peanuts
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed down lightly)
- ½ cup corn syrup
- ½ cup butter
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Line a jelly-roll sheet with parchment paper. Add popcorn and nuts, spreading evenly around the pan. Place in the oven while it’s preheating and just leave it in there while you prepare the caramel. (It should only take about 7-8 minutes.)
Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in heavy 2 qt. saucepan on medium heat.
Bring to boil over while stirring constantly.
Boil 5 min. without stirring. When your timer has about 1 minute left, remove the popcorn/peanut mixture from the over and set close by.
Remove caramel from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.
Quickly pour syrup over warm popcorn, stir to coat evenly. I found it worked best when I sprayed a rubber scraper with cooking spray and used that to mix the caramel popcorn. Do your best- you will have a couple other chances to mix it up before it’s done.
Bake for 45 min. stirring every 10-15 minutes, at least twice during the 45 minute period.
Remove from oven, let cool and break apart. ENJOY!