How you doin’? I don’t know about you, but I am missing Dodger baseball. We came so close to getting into the World Series last year that I thought we would be on a tear this season. Alas, it looks like this season is going to start late if it starts at all.
What do you think of when you think about baseball? I think summer, I think of the diamond and the stadium, and then I think of caramelly, crisp Cracker Jacks. Well to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t have to be summer for me to devour a whole bag of caramel corn.
The original Cracker Jack caramel popcorn had a most compelling, come-back flavor. Once you started eating them you couldn’t put the box down. For me, the reward wasn’t the cheap little prize found in each box, but the caramel coated peanuts—they were the best part of this all-American classic snack. I would set prize aside, dig down to the bottom of the box for the caramel coated peanuts (that’s where they always migrated to) and then, and only then, I would munch on the caramel corn.
This Cracker Jack hack is very close to the original, but I did take a few liberties. You will find it’s a little darker because I used brown sugar and dark corn syrup. It’s best for munching right away but is also the perfect buttery toffee popcorn recipe for gifting, snacking, or bringing to any sports event or concert!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour 30 minutes (approximate time depending on the oven)
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
For the popcorn
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 cups popping corn kernels (mushroom popcorn—see ChefSecret below)
This will make about 12 cups of popped popcorn.
1 teaspoon fine salt
For the caramel corn
12 cups plain freshly popped popcorn (from above)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup dark corn syrup (Karo Syrup)
1/2 teaspoon fine salt (often sold as popcorn salt)
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups salted Spanish red peanuts, skin on
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