Copycat Cracker Jacks

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by on December 8, 2014

Copycat Cracker JacksI loved Cracker Jacks as a kid, so I knew my kids would love this Copycat Cracker Jacks recipe. Not only is it amazing because of how fresh it is, but it also doesn’t have added chemicals or preservatives. Make this Copycat Cracker Jacks recipe for your next party, a family movie night, or give it as a gift this holiday season.

You can buy mason jars, fill them with the Copycat Cracker Jacks, and then decorate the jar with ribbon, bows or stickers. It is a fun DIY gift that everyone will love!


  • 10-12 cups of Popped Popcorn (or 3.5 oz bag of Microwave Popcorn)
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Salted Peanuts

Copycat Cracker Jacks Collage


  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Pop the popcorn.
  4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray add popcorn.
  5. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and water in a pan.
  6. Simmer over medium-high heat stirring frequently until temperature reaches 250 (firm to hard ball stage).
  7. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
  8. Pour over the popcorn and use spatula to gently fold the caramel into the popcorn until well coated.
  9. Stir in the peanuts.
  10. Pour the mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread out.
  11. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool.
  13. Carefully break up and store in an airtight container.


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