Take This Out to the Ball Game

Next time you crave Cracker Jack, try this fresher, tastier homemade version instead (courtesy of toodie jane). You’ll have to supply your own prize, though!

3 quarts popped corn
3 cups mixed unsalted nuts of your choice
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Combine popcorn and nuts in heavy large foil roasting pan. Place in a 250 degree oven to keep warm.

Prepare glaze by combining sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a large heavy pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until boiling. Continue to boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then baking soda.

Remove roasting pan from oven and drizzle the glaze evenly over the popcorn mixture. Stir well with a metal spoon to coat evenly. Return to oven and bake, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Cool and break apart. Store tightly covered. Makes about 4 quarts.

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