Next time you crave Cracker Jack, try this fresher, tastier homemade version instead (courtesy of toodie jane). You’ll have to supply your own prize, though!
3 quarts popped corn
3 cups mixed unsalted nuts of your choice
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Combine popcorn and nuts in heavy large foil roasting pan. Place in a 250 degree oven to keep warm.
Prepare glaze by combining sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a large heavy pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until boiling. Continue to boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then baking soda.
Remove roasting pan from oven and drizzle the glaze evenly over the popcorn mixture. Stir well with a metal spoon to coat evenly. Return to oven and bake, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Cool and break apart. Store tightly covered. Makes about 4 quarts.
Homemade Cracker Jacks