Cracker Jacks are so amazing, aren't they?! The salty sweet popcorn combined with the crunchy peanuts... all covered in a sugary coating... c'mon now, what's not to love?! I can't remember the last time I bought Cracker Jacks, possibly years and years ago, but for some reason this stuff popped into my head while I was planning my Thanksgiving menu. I thought the coloring of the caramel corn was very appropriate for Thanksgiving, so I figured I'd try my hand at making it.
Really it doesn't get much easier than this. Mix some stuff together, melt it, pour it, bake it. Ta-da! Magic. I followed the recipe to a tee and I wish I hadn't- I felt the cook time was off. Even though I mixed it frequently I felt like the top section in the final minutes of baking tasted... burnt. The rest was AMAZING, but every so often I'd get a piece that just tasted too well done. Therefore, the following recipe reflects my changes and the amount of time I feel is necessary. If after this time you feel yours isn't done give it a few more minutes- it needs to be hardened.
The taste of this stuff is great. It's just like Cracker Jacks! If you want to make it really authentic stick a little rub on tattoo in the bag and call it a "prize"- that was always my favorite part as a kid!
Source: Adapted from Good Things Catered