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.
you will need 4 quarts of pop corn which is equal to about 2 standard sized bags of microwave popcorn popped. Came out great!
Baseball Fan October 23, 2013 REVIEW:
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.
gamejoy July 6, 2013 REVIEW:
This is a perfect copycat version of cracker jacks!!
MsTMattole November 2, 2012 REVIEW:
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
luvs2bake November 30, 2011 REVIEW:
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!
munchy man October 5, 2011 REVIEW:
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
Member since: Jul 12, 2011
Noshimo July 12, 2011 REVIEW:
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!
AM December 20, 2010 REVIEW:
Loved it! I used more popcorn than the recipe called for - double - and it turned out great. The caramel was still generous.
foodfan December 11, 2010 COMMENT: 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?
MikeA November 14, 2010 REVIEW:
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!
Rox October 19, 2010 REVIEW:
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.
Muzza July 18, 2010 REVIEW:
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!!!
Guest Foodie January 6, 2010 COMMENT: Drizzle caramel onto popcorn with a spoon, layer-by-layer, to avoid soggy corn. DON'T TRY TO POUR!! (Spoon technique is more fun for the grandkids anyway!). Add nuts for an extra treat. I enjoyed this recipe!
mike & rufuss January 3, 2010 REVIEW:
I made this last week and already I've made it 3 more times ya can't stop eating it and if you have company it's gone in a flash this is a great recipe and easy to make too thanks
popcorn lover! December 15, 2009 REVIEW:
i made this recipie (i doubled it)it was great and all all the direction were good but just one thing i subsituted shortening for margarine and it was sooo oil when it ws still hot we poured out a lot of the oil and it was still really oily!! so i dont think that would be a good i dea but otherwise it was great!!
Guest Foodie December 6, 2009 REVIEW:
Tasted great, was easy to make, but the amounts given make WAY TOO MUCH caramel. I popped 10 cups of popcorn and still had caramel left over.
Member since: Oct 8, 2009
rodell October 8, 2009 REVIEW:
This recipe is perfect! Everytime I make it, I have to make copies of the recipe because it is so delicious!
Guest Foodie July 20, 2009 REVIEW:
I can't tell you how good it was because our whole batch was ruined. We had way, way to much surup and i even doubled the amount of popcorn, and it still came out soaked in surup and mushy. I was really excited about this recipe... GROSS!
ktc_buckin March 12, 2009 REVIEW:
I love love love this recipe it is so awsome make sure you make 2 batches, i also used more than four cups of popcorn i used probably around 8-10, i reccomend this to everyone!!!!
Guest Foodie December 8, 2008 REVIEW:
There must be something wrong with the measurements in this recipe. There is waaaay too much caramel for the amount of popcorn. The popcorn just swims in it and pools up under the popcorn when it cools.
Saul Shanabrook December 3, 2007 REVIEW:
Delish popcorn! Tastes wonderfull even before it goes in the oven. Not to sweet but not bland. Overall a 5 star recipe!
Guest Foodie October 7, 2007 REVIEW:
Thanks! This is great!
Grissie August 15, 2007 REVIEW:
This recipe is excellent. I didn't have corn syrup, so I substituted Barley Malt Syrup (avaiable at health food stores and WHole Foods) and my popcorn came out tasting like the inside of a whopper (minus the chocolate). Yum Yum Yum!
Guest Foodie July 18, 2007 REVIEW:
This recipe is absolutely fabulous! Very tasty, crunchy, and just sweet enough!
browneez February 27, 2007 REVIEW:
This recipe was outstanding! It works like a charm! I made a batch yesterday and I must say, it will be a keeper and I will be using this for gifts and gatherings from now on.... As being a caramel popcorn lover from a child, this is just right....