Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!

Sue Adame


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 another notch! The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 17 votes

14 - (1 cup servings)
10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


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

How to Make Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!


  1. Line a large jelly pan (or baking sheet) with foil and then spray with Pam.
  2. Combine popcorn, cashews, m&m and cranberries in a large bowl.
  3. Over medium heat in a large saucepan add the sugar,butter,corn syrup and salt. Stir frequently.
  4. 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.
  5. Boil an additional 2-3 minutes or until it is a rich golden brown. Watch carefully as it will brown quickly.
  6. 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.
  7. Cool 15-20 minutes or until warm to the touch. Break into pieces. Store in airtight containers.
  8. Enjoy within 5 days of preparation.

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About Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!

Course/Dish: Nuts, Popcorn, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Collection: Halloween Treats
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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