Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!

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 16 Ratings
Serves: 14 - (1 cup servings)
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


8 c popcorn, popped
1 c cashews pieces, salted
1 c m&m candies
1 c cranberries, dried
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 c butter, unsalted
1/2 c corn syrup, light
1/4 tsp salt

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Sue Adame Recipe
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McMinnville, OR (pop. 32,187)
Member Since Apr 2011
Sue's notes for this recipe:
This is our movie night favorite! I admit I tend to over indulge, but cannot help myself!:)

The picture is one I made at the holidays using red/green M&M's
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So, truth be told, I absolutely love popcorn and M&M's. It's such a great combination - perfectly salty and sweet - that it's always my go-to movie treat. Well, this recipe really kicks that beloved combo up yet anther notch!


Line a large jelly pan (or baking sheet) with foil and then spray with Pam.
Combine popcorn, cashews, m&m and cranberries in a large bowl.
Over medium heat in a large saucepan add the sugar,butter,corn syrup and salt. Stir frequently.
Cook 3-4 minutes until sugar is dissolved and syrup is boiling stir occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, boil without stirring for 5-7 minutes or until mixture looks a light caramel color.
Boil an additional 2-3 minutes or until it is a rich golden brown. Watch carefully as it will brown quickly.
Remove from heat and pour over popcorn, nuts and candy mixture. Stir quickly to mix well. Pour/spread as much as possible pulling apart clumps into prepared pan.
Cool 15-20 minutes or until warm to the touch. Break into pieces. Store in airtight containers.
Enjoy within 5 days of preparation.

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user Sherri Logan Williams logansw - Jul 9, 2011
looks and sounds yummy! you are missing one main ingredient...where is the toy surprize! LOL...sw:)
user Sue Adame fortheloveoffood - Jul 9, 2011
Oh my gosh Sherri, you are right! I missed the toy! LOL
user Sherri Logan Williams logansw - Jul 10, 2011
hehehehe!!! it's ok. when i was growing up, that was the first thing i looked for. you can always edit your recipe and add it in. LOL!!! thanks for sharing, it brought back so many good childhood memories. sw:)
user Brenda Brown Catnails - Jul 10, 2011
Alot like the Krazy Korn my Mama made all the time when I was a kid. Yuuumy!

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