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Homemade Crackerjacks (Now With Photo!)

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I finally made the homemade crackerjacks for the ballgame:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

using the recipe posted by toodie jane. They were wonderful! Very crackerjack-y in flavor and appearance, but fresh and actually had peanuts in every bite! I used organic popcorn.

Here's a side-by-side comparison with store bought Crackerjacks <tm>. Mine are on the left. Note the dismal lack of peanuts on the right.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l76...

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  1. Good job, it looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks for reporting back, I was wondering how they turned out. Sounds so much better than the packaged stuff.

      1. Yours look *far* better, and very gourmet looking I must say. Very nicely done.

        1. Thanks! They'd be really great w/ other nuts, too. My goal was to come close to the real thing. I made sure to use peanuts w/ skin still on 'em. Real Crackerjacks use molasses, though. I think the brown sugar and dark Karo syrup in toodie jane's recipe comes pretty close to the molasses flavor.

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          1. re: MollyGee

            don't see why you couldn't sneak in some molasses. glad it came out, and nice photo. I made some that same day and had to send hubby off to hide it from me--stuff is addictive.

            1. re: toodie jane

              I wouldn't change a thing from that recipe. It is just so delicious! I'll bet the corn syrup and molasses could be interchangable.

          2. FWIW, here are the ingredients for cracker jacks:

            Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Popcorn, Peanuts, Molasses, Salt, Corn and/or Soybean Oil, and Soy Lecithin.

            http://www.fritolay.com/images/cm/cra...

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            1. re: scott123

              Thanks!

              The top of my peanut list ('cause they list ingredients in order of weight) would be peanuts.