Homemade Cracker Jack - How To Make Caramel Corn

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Jul. 10, 2015

Homemade Cracker Jack for the holidays! Popcorn, nuts, and easy caramel coating. No corn syrup in this caramel corn recipe!


Corn kernels 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , popped (will male about 8 cups)
Nuts 1 Cup (16 tbs) (any kind, raw or toasted)
For caramel:
Butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (4 ounces)
White sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Brown sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Water 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
For optional flavorings:
Cocoa powder 2 Tablespoon
Vanilla extract 1/2 Teaspoon
Baking soda 1/2 Teaspoon



Preheat the oven to 250°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.



Pop the corn kernels. Separate hard bits and unpopped kernels.

In a sauce pot, combine butter, sugars, salt, water and mix well. Bring to boil for 5 minutes and stir until thickened.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda.

Drizzle caramel over popped corns and toss until evenly coated.

Spread over baking sheet and pop into oven. Bake for 30 minutes by stirring every 10 minutes.

Cool and store in an airtight container.



Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 350Calories from Fat 195

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 22 g33.8%

Saturated Fat 9 g45%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 272 mg11.33%

Total Carbohydrates 38 g12.7%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 25 g

Protein 6 g12%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet