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Homemade Cracker Jack

An easy to make snack

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 cups of popcorn
Calories 297 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 10 cups of freshly-popped popcorn or 3.5-oz bag of microwave popcorn, plain
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup lightly salted peanuts
US Customary - Metric

Directions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. 2. Pop the popcorn. Coat a large mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray, and then transfer the popcorn to the bowl; set aside.
  3. 3. In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and water, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Continue to simmer, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Turn off the heat, and whisk in the vanilla and baking soda. Immediately pour the hot mixture over the popcorn. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the caramel into the popcorn until all of the popcorn is coated. Gently stir in the peanuts, and transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out.
  5. 5. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Gently break up the popcorn. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cracker Jack
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.