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Homemade Cracker Jacks

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All that caramel goodness that you remember from when you were a kid. Cracker Jacks – so easy and cheap to make.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Popped Popcorn
  • 1 cup Peanuts
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cups Margarine
  • 3 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Preparation

Arrange the popcorn (and peanuts, if you are using them) in a well oiled 9″ by 13″ pan. Get out a 2 quart sauce pan and combine the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup and salt over low heat. After the margarine melts, cook without stirring for 3 minutes. It should be bubbling gently during the 3 minutes. Stir in the baking soda and vanilla. Quickly pour this over the pan of popcorn. Mix gently to coat the popcorn evenly. You won’t get all of the popcorn coated, but don’t worry. As the popcorn bakes you can mix it around with a spatula to coat all of it completely.

Bake the pan at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and quickly release the popcorn from the baking sheet using your spatula so it doesn’t stick. Let cool then break it up into pieces and serve.

This stuff is so good and won’t last long, but if you do end up with leftovers, store them in a sealed container, or bag. It is good tucked into lunch boxes too.

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slpmel on 2.4.2012

I made these for my husband and I. They turned out really good! We weren’t able to eat all of it the day I made them, so I put the rest in a container with a lid. That seemed to work well because 24 hours later it wasn’t stale (although starting to head that direction). We finished it off the second night.

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