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Easy Homemade Food Gift: Holiday Cracker Jacks

December 06, 2010

I love working on homemade holiday food gift recipes this time of year, and my 3 kids love helping me create them too. This creative idea for Homemade Cracker Jacks is a simple recipe that adults and the kids can enjoy. Just pick up a small one dollar item to put in the box as a toy. I will be making this recipe this Tuesday on NBC “Daytime Alabama” as well as two others, and this recipe will also be featured in the December issue of Birmingham Magazine.

Holiday Cracker Jacks

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield: 16 servings
11/2 quarts freshly popped popcorn
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 cup holiday M & M's
1. Toss together first 4 ingredients in a large lightly greased jellyroll pan (or line pan with parchment paper).

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and honey. bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn, stirring until evenly coated.

3. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring ever 15 minutes. Cool completely and break into pieces. Add M & M's. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


20 Responses to “Easy Homemade Food Gift: Holiday Cracker Jacks”
Leanne says:
December, 09 2010at 12:50 am
How adorable! I love the packaging. And this reminds me I've been wanting to make caramel corn for about 3 years now...
December, 06 2010at 07:58 am
That looks fantastic! Yum!
December, 06 2010at 08:00 am
Being a popcorn traditionalist, I've always had a tough time warming up to Cracker Jacks. BUT these look so festive and, really, who doesn't want a big bucket of these during this time of year.
angie says:
December, 08 2010at 09:42 am
I am planning on using only those big yummy pecans available this time of year (family preference).Hope there is some left for gifting,alhough highly unlikely!
Pamela says:
December, 08 2010at 01:55 pm
I just made these last night...super easy and delicious. We are giving them to my child's teachers at church tonight! Thanks for the recipe!
December, 06 2010at 08:51 am
These are darling. I need to block out a day this week to do some gift baking, and I know a lot of friends who'd love to receive this!
Rachel says:
December, 06 2010at 09:10 am
I LOVE homemade cracker jack - it's delicious and super easy. What a fun and tasty item to gift!
December, 06 2010at 09:55 am
Very cute idea Alison. Fun. fun!!I found out homemade as gifts is so much more appreciated!! Peole love the attention to detail packaging.
Wenderly says:
December, 06 2010at 10:43 am
So festive & FUN! How could anyone *not* just SMILE when given this darling little package?
Lisa says:
December, 06 2010at 12:22 pm
Huge wow for these! Adorable!
Terri says:
December, 06 2010at 12:27 pm
Alison, you are too creative for words. Great photos too! My kids will love these!
December, 06 2010at 12:32 pm
This post is fantastic! Thank you for sharing it with us. I love the presentation, such a great fun way to make them festive. Outstanding!
Stephanie says:
December, 06 2010at 12:37 pm
Holy Awesome! This is the idea of the month!
December, 06 2010at 04:07 pm
Alison, these Cracker Jacks are such a great idea for holiday gifts & I love that you add the little toys. So special & fun to do with the kids :) xo
December, 06 2010at 04:32 pm
What a fun idea. I love that you included a toy.
December, 06 2010at 04:36 pm
Perfect treat, Alison! The M&Ms are a great idea - my kids would gobble this up in a flash.
December, 06 2010at 04:50 pm
This looks delicious! I loved cracker jacks as a kid!!
December, 06 2010at 07:16 pm
All I want for Christmas is homemade Holiday Cracker Jacks :D
carriem says:
June, 27 2012at 11:53 pm
Just made these tonight for a baby shower (she's about to pop!) They were a hit! Left out the m&ms because I didn't want to gild the lily. Thanks so much!
January, 06 2015at 10:02 am
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about pecan cracker. Regards

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