Yield: 16 cups

Homemade Cracker Jack

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Making Homemade Cracker Jack popcorn is super easy and delicious! Sweet and crunchy, this addictive caramel corn is better than the original!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 cups popped popcorn (about 2 ½ bags of microwave popcorn)**
  • 1 ½ cups spanish redskin peanuts


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and stir constantly. Once boiling, remove from heat.
  3. Add in baking soda and vanilla.
  4. Gradually pour over popped corn. Mix well. Add in peanuts.
  5. Using two large pans (I use broiler pans, but large lasagna foil pans work too, and easy cleanup), divide popcorn evenly. Place one pan on top rack (middle of oven) and one on bottom rack.
  6. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes (and rotating in the oven). Remove after an hour and allow to cool. Store in airtight containers or ziploc bags. ENJOY.


**make sure ALL seeds have been removed!

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