Homemade Cracker Jack

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of freshly-popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup lightly salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Pop the popcorn. Coat a large mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray, and then transfer the popcorn and peanuts to the bowl; set aside.

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.

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.

Bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Gently break up the popcorn.

 From Brown Eyed Baker

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