Copycat Cracker Jacks

Cracker JacksEveryone remembers these delicious snacks from your childhood.  The best part being the surprise inside!  Now you can easily recreate this yummy snack at home.  I’ve provided instructions on how to recreate the snack–the secret surprise you hide inside is up to you!

4 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup peanuts
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 250° F.
2. Combine the popcorn and peanuts on a cookie sheet and place in the oven.
3. Combine all of the remaining ingredients in a saucepan.
4. Stirring over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil.
5. Using a cooking thermometer, bring the mixture to the hard-crack stage (290°F, or the point at which the syrup, when dripped into cold water, forms a hard but pliable ball). This will take about 20 to 25 minutes (or until you notice the mixture turning a slightly darker brown).
6.Remove the popcorn and peanuts from the oven and, working quickly, pour the caramel mixture in a fine stream over them. Then place them back in the oven for 10 minutes.
7. Mix well every five minutes, so that all of the popcorn is coated.
8. Cool and serve or store in a covered container.

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  1. Dan Cedusky October 23, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    what type of peanuts to use? raw? cooked?

  2. Luis-B. Santiago October 28, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I’ve just become a member. I’m a SS recipient. On 11-02-07 I plan to buy your book. With my fixed income I can’t take my Fam.out to a restaurant but I would love to make them these recipes at home.

  3. ash November 16, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Nice recipe. It’s worth trying.

  4. Kosta June 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome recipe, I’ve been looking for a good cracker jack recipe, I can’t find any stores that have them anymore around where I live!

  5. Lynne December 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    this is a GREAT recipe, but make sure the peanuts are COOKED first!

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