This homemade Cracker Jacks recipe is the ultimate in copycat buttery caramel corn goodness. It’s the perfect snack for family movie night or taking to on the go.
Joe and I have a bad habit. Well, we probably have several bad habits, but let’s not talk about those.
The one I’ll admit to now is our Cracker Jack habit, but we don’t buy Cracker Jacks. We don’t get little toy surprises.
Here’s our secret: we make homemade Cracker Jacks, and we don’t share our nighttime snack with our kids.
There, I said it.
Joe makes our Cracker Jacks. The recipe is simple, and he whips it up most evenings after they goes to bed.
All you have to do to make this caramel corn is to heat the butter and sugars (I don’t know, is this making toffee or caramel? I’m not a big candy aficionado.), then mix in the popcorn and peanuts, and bake. After baking, you break it up into pieces and serve. It takes less than a half hour from start to finish, and it tastes just like the Cracker Jacks you get at the grocery store without the preservatives.
You’re going to love this recipe.
Homemade Cracker Jacks are delicious hot or cold, fresh or stale, by yourself or with a buddy. You get the idea, Sam I am.
2013 note – Since our kids have gotten a little older, we decided to share the Cracker Jack goodness. We make and eat this recipe for family movie night regularly. The kids love it as much as we do! (Was there ever any doubt they would?)
If you like homemade Cracker Jacks, you might also like these recipes:
- Healthy fruit snacks
- Caramelized roasted pumpkin seeds
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies (AKA PB Cream Cheese Brownie Bars)
- Homemade Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
- S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
This homemade Cracker Jacks recipe makes the perfect caramel corn with peanuts. It’s quick and easy, and it always delights a crowd. Try it tonight!
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