Childhood memories of red and white boxes filled with crunchy, sweet popcorn and peanuts flood your memory bank when you hear the name “Cracker Jack”. Don’t forget the added bonus of a mystery surprise toy inside the box. Now you can pass on these nostalgic memories with your kiddos using this recipe that tastes even better than Cracker Jack!
2 1/2 cups white sugar
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons pancake syrup
1 cup shelled peanuts, unsalted
1/2 tsp. salt
16 cups popped popcorn, unpopped seeds removed
In small saucepan, combine salt, sugar and butter. Cook on medium-high heat and stir constantly for about five minutes. Then, add pancake syrup and continue to cook. If sugar begins to burn, turn down heat and add some cooking oil or additional butter. Keep stirring and cooking until mixture becomes sticky and caramelized; approximately 15 minutes. Once it has reached the caramel state, remove from heat and stir in peanuts. Let mixture stand for about 5 minutes. Then, pour over popped popcorn and mix thoroughly. Yields 16 servings. Enjoy!
“Alison is a mom to six kids, missionary in Cambodia, freelance writer and blogs at http://www.pintsizedtreasures.