Cracker Jack


4 Quarts Popped popcorn
1 Cup Spanish peanuts
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Brown sugar
1/2 Cup light Corn syrup
2 Tablespoons Molasses
1/4 Teaspoon Salt​

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine popcorn and peanuts in a metal bowl or on a cookie sheet
and place in preheated oven. Combine all remaining ingredients in a
saucepan. Stirring over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil.
Using a cooking thermometer, bring the mixture to the hard−ball stage
(260−275 degrees). This will take about 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove the popcorn and peanuts from the oven and, working very quickly,
pour the caramel mixture in a fine stream over them.
Then place them back in the oven for 15 minutes.
Mix well every five minutes, so that all of the popcorn is coated.​
Cool and store in a covered container to preserve freshness.