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Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe

Crackers Jacks are one of the most popular ball game snacks. They're always sold at concession stands and are loved by all baseball fans. So when thinking of snacks to make for a baseball-themed party, I knew I had to try my hand at a homemade version of Cracker Jacks.

They’re really just Caramel Corn with peanuts, so making them was much easier than I thought it would be! Here’s my simple recipe, which should take you about one hour from start to finish.


  • 4 cups plain popcorn, popped
  • 1 cup peanuts, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup

Place the popcorn and peanuts on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside until needed.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer to the pan and place the pan over medium heat. Stir until the ingredients have melted and are combined. Allow the mixture to reach 240 degrees, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture reaches 240 degrees, remove the pan from the heat and immediately pour the caramel onto the popcorn. Using a spatula, carefully toss the popcorn until the caramel coats the popcorn completely.

Place the popcorn in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the popcorn from the oven and allow it to cool completely in the pan. Once cooled, break up the popcorn into large pieces.


About 5 cups

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