I have such wonderful memories of eating Cracker Jacks as a kid and finding a prize at the bottom of the box! The candy-coated popcorn and peanuts were also just as good as the prize. The flavor that makes Cracker Jacks unique from classic caramel corn is the molasses syrup added in.
History: Cracker Jack was introduced by F.W. Rueckheim & Bro at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The confection started as popcorn and peanuts covered in molasses, but people didn’t like the stickiness. The Rueckheim brothers then came up with an improved recipe that made the molasses coating crispy and dry. Legend notes that the name “Cracker Jack” came into use when a customer who tried the product, exclaimed “That’s really a cracker – Jack!” Actually the words “cracker jack” was a slang expression on those days, meaning “something very pleasing.” Learn more about the History of Cracker Jacks and the Legends of Popcorn.
Below is a copycat recipe that comes very close to the original and just as hard to stop eating!
Homemade Cracker Jacks Recipe:
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This classic caramel corn is so satisfying and delicious! Your children and/or grandchildren will label you the “best” Mom or Grandma when you serve this to them. Makes a great snack and also wonderful gifts.
Cheddar Cheese Popcorn
If you love cheese and popcorn, here is a good salty and cheesy snack! The secret to cheddar cheese popcorn is to use processed powdered cheese. Cheddar Cheese Popcorn is also used in the famous Chicago Mix Popcorn recipe.
A Chicago Mix is known to locals as caramel and cheddar cheese flavored popcorn kernels mixed up together creating an addictive sweet and salty snack combination. The Chicago Popcorn is a cheese and caramel combo that everyone loves the minute they try it.
These old-time popcorn balls are great anytime, but the a’re especially fun to enjoy at Halloween or Christmas time.