Cracker Jack was always one of my favorite treats, and it wasn’t because of the surprise inside, which was usually something like an aluminum engagement ring (remember Breakfast at Tiffany’s?) or a plastic elephant or a tiny comic book. For me, it was all about that
crunchy sweet and salty caramel-coated popcorn. I also loved the peanuts, which, sadly, were never plentiful enough for me. To compensate for the deficit of peanuts in all those boxes of Cracker Jack that I consumed as a child, I came up with my own adult
version of the sweet, making it all about the peanuts. To achieve this, I flavored the caramel mixture with some creamy peanut butter and added lots of salty-sweet honey-roasted peanuts. The kicker is the addition of bits of chopped chocolate-covered pretzels that are
folded in at the end. The chocolate melts a bit and ends of coating some of the popcorn, which you don’t notice until you’re actually eating a cluster. It’s a little surprise, and way better than a miniature plastic giraffe, don’t you agree?