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

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

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
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!


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


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

About this Recipe

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