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Crackerjacks Caramel Popcorn

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
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ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   4 cups

recipe id: 14220
cook method: oven, stovetop
Crackerjacks Caramel Popcorn Recipe
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4 cups freshly popped corn, lightly salted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Put popcorn in shallow roasting pan (large pan). In heavy saucepan mix sugar, butter and corn syrup. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Continue boiling 5 min. without stirring. Remove from heat; add vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn; stir to coat well.

Bake in preheated 250 degrees F oven for 1 hr., stirring several times. Cool, break apart and store in tightly covered container. (Cool on waxed paper so it won't stick to pan) Note; if desired 1 cup. peanuts may be added to popcorn BEFORE adding caramel sauce.

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My wife makes this and it has crackerjacks beat;

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rec.food.recipes Thomas DeCarlo tdeca0338


273 calories, 12 grams fat, 44 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per 1/2 cup.
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Guest at CDKitchen.com

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you will need 4 quarts of pop corn which is equal to about 2 standard sized bags of microwave popcorn popped. Came out great!

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Wow. This recipe really is perfect. I took the suggestion of another reviewer and used brown rice syrup, which seems much healthier than corn syrup to me. I also added red skinned peanuts and some pecans. Yum.

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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This is a perfect copycat version of cracker jacks!!

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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Thank you so much for the PERFECT cracker jack recipe! I followed the others suggestion and doubled the popcorn. I went a bit overboard on the peanuts, but hey! it that really possible? This recipe is a real keeper

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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This recipe was a HUGE hit with our family! I didn't have peanuts so I used cashews. I've also made it with mixed nuts. It doesn't make it through the night! Talk about gone in 60 seconds! We love this!

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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This recipe may be a little time consuming but if done right is the very best OMG and I highly recommend putting in the Spanish red skin peanuts also but this stuff is better than store bought cracker jacks hands down wow thank you very much for the recipe

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Member since: July 12, 2011
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Delightfully crunchy! As a single person I reduced the recipe from four to two; worked out fairly well. It still made a lot of syrupy sweetness, more than enough to coat the corn, as other users have written. Will make again and use all the willpower I can garner...not to use peanuts. Makes for very dangerous snacking!

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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Loved it! I used more popcorn than the recipe called for - double - and it turned out great. The caramel was still generous.

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Dec 11, 2010

Isn't this supposed to be 4 QUARTS of popped corn? That's what other similar recipes say, with the same amount of syrup. Is this a typo or not?

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Warning! Think very carefully before making this recipie! I don't care how much self-control you might think you have, you can't stop eating this stuff as soon as it comes out of the oven. This was my first try at caramel popcorn and it turned out perfect. My only recommendation is to double the amount of popcorn or better yet, double the amount of caramel and quadruple the popcorn 'cause you're going to want more!

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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Great recipe!! my first time making this and they r great. One problem, I took them out 10 min early b/c the caramel was burning but it must be my oven so I'll try less heat next time.

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We made a half quantity of the recipe and used about 6 cups of air popped popcorn. This gave a good balance between the caramel and the popcorn. Yummy!!!