Homemade Cracker Jack

Myrna and I are old enough to remember when one of those small boxes of cracker jack was a real treat – and not just because there was a small prize in it.  We still like it because it’s not nearly as sweet as many coated popcorn mixes.  I used “Grandma’s” molasses in this – it’s a little sweeter than Brer Rabbit brand.  About the only thing wrong with this recipe is the difficulty leaving it alone!    I have also made it without the peanuts and it’s still good.   It's a great picnic or camping snack to take along.                                    
Homemade Cracker Jack
  4               Cups  Popcorn -- popped
  1               Cup  Peanuts -- shelled
     1/2         Cup  Molasses
     1/4         Cup  Sugar
Mix popcorn and peanuts together in a large bowl or pan
Cook molasses and sugar together until the mixture reaches 235° on a candy thermometer.
(You can test the syrup by letting some drop from a spoon into a cup of cold water.  The syrup is done when it forms a thread as it drops into the water).
Pour the hot syrup mixture over the popcorn nut mixture and coat evenly.  Cool and break into chunks with a wooden spoon.  (I poured mine out on a parchment-lined half sheet and separated it it right away).
In an airtight container, the mixture will keep well 4 to 6 weeks (so she says; we haven’t kept it that long).
  "Cheaper and Better"
  "40 Ounces"

6 comments:

  1. Thanks! I'm going to try it.

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  2. As a kid, I bought Cracker Jacks just for the prize toy. Thanks for the memories.
    P.S. I did eat the popcorn.

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  3. Hi Midnight Baker, haven't heard from you for awhile. They had nice toys back then. Remember the SuperMan toys in cereal boxes?

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  4. tried to reply with my iPad...but I can't...so it's the old desk top...lol...I am going to make this tomorrow...I have been craving Cracker Jack...it was a special treat in my home growing up...not alot of extra money....

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  5. okay now I see why I can't reply with iPad...the old make sure you are not a robot doesn't show up....

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  6. Yum! Looks like something the kids and I need to try!

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