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Tuesday, March 14, 2006 Homemade Cracker Jack Popcorn

Sue just sent this in to me and my first thought was: Everyone will want this one! Don't we all have fond memories of Cracker Jack popcorn -- especially that cool little toy we knew was hidden inside. :) Enjoy...

INGREDIENTS: 6 qt's. unseasoned popped popcorn
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 sticks butter
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 200° F. Divide the popcorn between two large bowls. Oil 2 lipped cookie sheets very well and set aside. In a deep saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and cream of tartar. Insert candy thermometer. Bring to a boil and cook the mixture over MEDIUM heat for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until the thermometer registers 260° F. (hard ball stage). Remove from the heat and quickly stir in baking soda. The mixture will foam. Pour the syrup mixture over the popcorn, half into each bowl. Work quickly to coat all the popcorn with the carmel. Spread popcorn evenly on the cookie sheets and bake for 1 hour stirring 3 times. Remove from oven and spread popcorn on wax paper to cool, breaking up the larger pieces if necessary. Store in airtight container.

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