Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!

11
Sue Adame

By
@fortheloveoffood

This is our movie night favorite! I admit I tend to overindulge, but cannot help myself. :)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Perfectly salty and sweet, this movie night treat is addicting. All the extra add-ins take this to a whole new level. Caramel popcorn is tossed with chocolate M&M's and tart dried cranberries for the ultimate flavor contrast. We loved cashews for the nut of choice (but easily swap your favorite). This is great any time of year and not just for movie night. Use different color M&M's for a holiday treat or hostess gift. So easy and so good! Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 17 votes

Comments:
Serves:
14 - (1 cup servings)
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!

Step-by-Step

  1. Line a large jelly pan (or baking sheet) with foil and then spray with Pam.
  2. Combine popcorn, cashews, M&M's, 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 the 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.
  5. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn, nuts, and candy mixture. Stir quickly to mix well.
  6. 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. Enjoy within 5 days of preparation.

Printable Recipe Card

About Cracker Jacks Gone Wild!

Course/Dish: Nuts Popcorn Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids
Hashtag: #cracker jack



Show 109 Comments & Reviews

14 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes That’ll Complete Your Feast

14 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes That’ll Complete Your Feast


Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, give us all the pies at Thanksgiving! Is it Thanksgiving if you don’t finish your feast with a slice of pie? We don’t think so. If asked to bring a pie or hosting Thanksgiving and not sure what pie to make, try one of these 14 recipes. From pumpkin […]

12 Adorable Thanksgiving Treats

12 Adorable Thanksgiving Treats


Looking for a family-friendly kitchen activity? Or, do you just want to amp up the adorableness of your Thanksgiving desserts? From brownie bite and chocolate apple turkeys to acorn donut holes, try one of these Pinterest-perfect creative Thanksgiving treats. We think they’ll be a big hit at the dinner table. They’re almost too cute to […]

Our Most Popular Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Our Most Popular Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes


It’s our favorite meal of the year! We’re getting all giddy and excited to load our plates with green bean casserole, corn pudding, mashed potatoes, stuffing (and/or dressing), homemade rolls, cranberry sauce, and turkey. Below you’ll find our most popular Thanksgiving recipes to make your holiday dinner the best ever!