Clone of a Cracker Jack®

Clone of a Cracker Jack®

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"This peanutty, caramelly popcorn recipe tastes close to the original. It's very easy to prepare at home and makes great gifts! For a thicker coating of caramel, reduce the popped popcorn to 10 cups."
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1 h 35 m servings 349 cals
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Original recipe yields 11 servings



  • Calories:
  • 349 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 21.8 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 37.4g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 314 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Spread popcorn in the bottom of a large, deep roasting pan. Sprinkle peanuts over the popcorn.
  3. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until sugar and butter are melted and sauce is thick and caramelized, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Pour caramel sauce over the popcorn and peanuts and stir to coat popcorn and peanuts completely, scooping any peanuts and caramel that fall to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until caramel and popcorn are crisped, about 45 minutes. Turn popcorn out in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper to cool completely.


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Made this for Christmas but forgot to take a photo. So I made it for New Year's Eve. So very easy, but when using a dark pan top shelf of oven and take it out first.

For Christmas at work I made this recipe into popcorn balls (using a little less popcorn, so they would coat & stick together well). This was soooo easy to make, even in bulk batches. Thanks for...

My kids loved it! The only thing missing is the little toy!

I actually prefer this to regular Cracker Jacks. You get all the good flavor without having any stale pieces. I also like being able to control the popcorn-to-nut ratio!

Just like the stuff you find at the baseball parks! Delicious and addictive!

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