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Copycat Cracker Jack Recipe

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When was the last time that you enjoyed some Cracker Jack.  This salty, sweet and nutty popcorn from yester year has been making a comeback.

Few facts about Cracker Jack…

Two German brothers by the name of Fred and Jack Reuckheim started making this delicable creation  in 1871 to  feed the people that were cleaning up after the Great Chicago Fire.  Catching on very quickly, they decide to sell it at the Worlds Fair, and it took off.  Everyone wanted the famous ‘Cracker Jack’ (named by a fireman, who said they tasted like “cracker, Jack”. )

In 1912, the brothers started adding small prizes in the boxes and added the catch phrase “a prize in every box.”

Can any one guess what contribution Fred Reuckheim’s grandson had to do with the popcorn?

Below is a recipe that I thought tasted almost identical to Cracker Jack.

Copycat Cracker Jack Popcorn Ingredients

  • 1 bag, Microwave Popcorn (popped)
  • 1 cup, Sugar
  • 3 tbsp, Darn Corn Syrup
  • 2 tbsp, Molasses
  • 2 tsp, Peanut Oil or Canola
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup, Peanuts (optional)

Cracker Jack recipe ingredients

Copycat Cracker Jack Popcorn Baking Instructions

{Step 1} Lightly oil baking sheet.

{Step 2} In a heavy bottom saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, molasses, oil, salt and peanuts.

{Step 3} Stir over medium heat until candy thermometer registers 250 or soft ball stage (about 8 minutes).

{Step 4} Place popped popcorn in large bowl and pour the mixture over it and stir.

{Step 5} Transfer the popcorn to the greased baking sheet and let cool.

Cracker Jack Recipe

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Copycat Cracker Jack Popcorn Recipe

Homemade Copycat Cracker Jacks Popcorn Recipe

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
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Ingredients

  • 1 bag, Microwave Popcorn (popped)
  • 1 cup, Sugar
  • 3 tbsp, Darn Corn Syrup
  • 2 tbsp, Molasses
  • 2 tsp, Peanut Oil or Canola
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup, Peanuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Lightly oil baking sheet.
  2. In a heavy bottom saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, molasses, oil, salt and peanuts.
  3. Stir over medium heat until candy thermometer registers 250 or soft ball stage (about 8 minutes).
  4. Place popped popcorn in large bowl and pour the mixture over it and stir.
  5. Transfer the popcorn to the greased baking sheet and let cool.

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

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