This peanutty, caramelly popcorn recipe tastes close to the original. It's very easy to prepare at home and makes great gifts! For a thicker coating of caramel, reduce the popped popcorn to 10 cups.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
11
Yield:
11 servings
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Ingredients

11
Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

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  • Spread popcorn in the bottom of a large, deep roasting pan. Sprinkle peanuts over the popcorn.

  • Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until sugar and butter are melted and sauce is thick and caramelized, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Pour caramel sauce over the popcorn and peanuts and stir to coat popcorn and peanuts completely, scooping any peanuts and caramel that fall to the bottom of the roasting pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until caramel and popcorn are crisped, about 45 minutes. Turn popcorn out in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 37.4g; fat 21.8g; cholesterol 27.8mg; sodium 313.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2014
For Christmas at work I made this recipe into popcorn balls (using a little less popcorn so they would coat & stick together well). This was soooo easy to make even in bulk batches. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2018
QUick easy and delicious! Have made it several times. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2014
For Christmas at work I made this recipe into popcorn balls (using a little less popcorn so they would coat & stick together well). This was soooo easy to make even in bulk batches. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2017
These are better than the original cracker jacks! I only had light brown sugar and light corn syrup on hand, so I used them and added about two tablespoons of molasses. I used regular peanuts too since that was what was in the pantry. So so good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2018
Delicious! Alterations based on what I had on hand.... One stick of butter (8Tbsp) was perfect. Used organic pure cane sugar, light corn syrup and added 2 Tbsp robust molasses. Also dry roasted Planters peanuts. Will definitely make this way again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2014
I actually prefer this to regular Cracker Jacks. You get all the good flavor without having any stale pieces. I also like being able to control the popcorn-to-nut ratio! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2014
Made this for Christmas but forgot to take a photo. So I made it for New Year's Eve. So very easy but when using a dark pan top shelf of oven and take it out first. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2019
I have made three batches already mostly for parties. Great taste very easy to make and everybody who tries it goes back for more! I tried it with light brown sugar and molasses in one batch (very nice indeed). I also tried a batch with honey in place of the molasses and that was good too. This is now my go-to treat for get-togethers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2014
My kids loved it! The only thing missing is the little toy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2014
Just like the stuff you find at the baseball parks! Delicious and addictive! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2018
QUick easy and delicious! Have made it several times. Read More
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