Homemade Cracker Jacks

This yummy treat of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts will be your new favorite for movie night, especially for Dumbo!

I think this homemade recipe is a Home Run and true to the original slogan “The more you eat, the more you want”. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples is a simple way to sweeten up a bag of popcorn.

I didn’t think of it before hand, but you could always add a small toy on the bottom of the popcorn box for your kids to find! That would have been the icing on the cake for Charlie Beth!


Cracker Jacks

  • Servings: 4-6 snack servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 qt Popped Popcorn (4 cups, I use one bag of microwaveable popcorn)
½ cups lightly salted peanuts
½ cup brown sugar (packed down lightly)
2 oz dark corn syrup
½ stick of butter
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 250.
Line a jellyroll sheet with parchment paper. Add popcorn and peanuts, spreading evenly around the pan and place in preheating oven.

Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in heavy 2 qt. saucepan. Stirring over medium heat, bring the mixture to boil. Boil for 5 mins or until syrup is thick. Remove caramel from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.
Remove warm popcorn and peanuts from over and, working quickly, pour syrup over popcorn. Using a spatula to coat.
Note: The coating will look thin and sparse at this point, but we’ll stir it a few more times to give it a more evenly coat.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so that all of the popcorn is coated.

Remove from oven, let cool and ENJOY! Will stay fresh longer when stored in covered container.

Made this recipe? I’d love to see what you made! Post it on Instagram and tag @amagicalkingdomcalledhome or use the hashtag #amagicalkingdomcalledhome

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Hi, I'm Esther. I'm the author of the blog 'A Magical Kingdom called Home'. I'm a LEO wife and stay-at-home mom of 2. I want to share my love for family, food, and Disney thru weekly movie night fun!

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