Pecan Cracker Jacks

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Total Time
15 mins
45 mins

Based on a copycat recipe, modified for our tastes. I loved this as a kid. Today all that is missing is a prize, but heck, who needs a plastic ring anyway?

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  1. Preheat oven to 250ºF .
  2. Combine popcorn and pecans in a metal bowl or on a cookie sheet and place in the preheated oven.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat, bringing mixture to a boil.
  4. Using a cooking thermometer, bring mixture to a hard-ball stage - 260 degrees (syrup will form a hard, but workable, ball if dripped into cold water).
  5. This will take about 20 minutes or until you notice the mixture turning dark brown.
  6. Remove popcorn and pecans from the oven. Working quickly, drizzle the caramel mixture stream over them.
  7. Put mixture back in the oven for 15 minutes and stir well every five minutes to ensure even coating.
  8. Cool and store in a covered container.