Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Almost Cracker Jacks

from my mom
NOTE: Recipe cannot be doubled

One Large Brown Paper Bag
4qt air-popped popcorn

½ cup softened margarine* (I like Imperial -*Do not use butter, it doesn't work)
¼ cup Karo syrup
1 cup brown sugar(for extra flavor, use 2/3 cup golden brown sugar and 1/3 cup dark brown sugar)

½ tsp salt
½ tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla

Put popped popcorn in brown paper bag. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, microwave margarine, Karo syrup, and brown sugar for 1 ½ minutes. Remove and stir. Microwave an additional 1 ½ minutes. Remove and stir. Add vanilla. Stir. In a small bowl, combine salt and soda together. Add all at once to mixture. Stir well. It will foam up a bit. Pour over popcorn in paper bag. Using long handled spoon, stir to coat popcorn somewhat evenly. Roll down top of bag. Microwave for 1 ½ minutes. Remove, unroll bag and while holding onto the top of the bag, shake the popcorn around. Roll top of bag back down and microwave an additional 1 ½ minutes. Remove, unroll top of bag, and cut off top half. This helps to get the popcorn out easier and have less mess. Using the long handled spoon, pour popcorn onto cookie sheet to cool.
NOTE: If you don't have a brown paper bag, you can use a large plastic bowl and just stir to coat the pieces well. Then stir it again between the first 1 1/2 minutes and the second 1 1/2 minutes. Stir again before pouring it onto a cookie sheet to cool. I like the paper bag though because the mess stays in the bag and goes into the trash.

If desired, you can add peanuts to the popcorn before pouring over the sauce.

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