Cajun Cracker Jack Recipe


Nutrition

Cal/Serving: 437
Daily Value: 22%
Servings: 18

Low-Sodium
Kidney-Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Fat25g38%
Saturated8g39%
Trans0g0%
Carbs56g19%
Fiber3g10%
Sugars48g0%
Protein3g6%
Cholesterol27mg9%
Sodium78mg3%
Calcium35mg3%
Magnesium44mg11%
Potassium135mg4%
Iron1mg5%
Zinc1mg6%
Phosphorus83mg12%
Vitamin A346IU7%
Vitamin C1mg1%
Thiamin (B1)0mg6%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg6%
Niacin (B3)0mg2%
Vitamin B60mg2%
Folic Acid (B9)7µg2%
Vitamin B120µg0%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E3mg16%
Vitamin K4µg5%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated11g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated4g0%
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Cajun Cracker Jack
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INGREDIENTS

For the chile butter :

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon red chile pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

For the popcorn :

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

For the chile butter :

Combine the butter, red chile pepper flakes, and cayenne in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the butter is melted. Set aside.

For the popcorn :

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the ¼ cup of the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Test with a kernel to see if the oil is hot enough; if it pops, add the remaining kernels and cover with a lid. Shake occasionally, and remove from the heat once the popping slows. Shake, wait a few seconds, and remove the lid. Toss the popcorn with chile butter and season with salt, to taste. Set aside in a large bowl.

In a bowl, toss the pecans and almonds with the remaining oil and season with salt, to taste. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly browned, for about 7-10 minutes. Distribute the nuts and cocoa nibs evenly over the popcorn.

Combine the butter, water, corn syrup, sugar, and vanilla extract in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until melted together. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook to the hard crack stage.

Then, remove from the heat and add the baking soda, making sure to sprinkle evenly over the top, stirring the baking soda quickly with the handle of a wooden spoon. (This will help avoid splashing and does not incorporate any air into the candy.)

Pour over the popcorn mixture toss until well coated, making sure to break up the clumps. Lightly oil a baking sheet and transfer the popcorn mixture there. Let cool.  

Recipe Details

Servings: 18

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