Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Microwave Caramel Corn, Cracker Jacks

Caramel Corn, Cracker Jacks, a childhood favorite!  A good treat anytime, around the holidays, or at game time.  When microwaves became the new rage back in the early 80s, ladies were sharing cooking ideas like crazy. 


 A friend shared this recipe which became popular at the time, especially when raising kids, as they could join in and "help."


This recipe has that old-fashioned taste of caramel corn without all the mess, and is quick and easy.  Adding peanuts gives it that Cracker Jacks taste.


Microwave Caramel Corn, Cracker Jacks
3 - 1/2 quarts of plain popped corn, yellow preferred
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (cube) margarine or butter
1/4 cup white kayo syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.baking soda
1 large paper grocery sack
peanuts, optional

In 2-quart microwave safe glass container bring to boil, then boil for 2 minutes on high: sugar, syrup, butter and salt. Watch closely as it rises and is hot. Remove and stir in baking soda with a wooden spoon, until dissolved.

Place popped corn in paper bag (add peanuts if desired) and pour mixture over and shake well.  Return to microwave for 1- 1/2 minutes.  Remove and shake well.  Repeat one more time. Pour into a large bowl to cool.

Can be put in decorated containers, or cellophane bags tied with a bow for gifts during the holidays.