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Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe


  • 10-12 cups of Popped Popcorn or 3.5 oz bag of Microwave Popcorn
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Salted Peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 250.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pop the popcorn.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray add popcorn.
  • Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and water in a pan.
  • Simmer over medium-high heat stirring frequently until temperature reaches 250 (firm to hard ball stage).
  • Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
  • Pour over the popcorn and use spatula to gently fold the caramel into the popcorn until well coated.
  • Stir in the peanuts.
  • Pour the mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread out.
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and allow to cool.
  • Carefully break up and store in an airtight container.