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St. Patrick's Day Cracker Jack

Need a fun snack or treat for a St. Patrick's Day party? Whip up a batch of my green St. Patrick's Day Cracker Jack to share.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, cracker jack, popcorn, snack, snacks, St. Patrick's Day
Servings: 12


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp light Karo syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp green food coloring
  • 4 cups air-popped popcorn


  • Place sugar, Karo, water and butter into a saucepan. Stir in vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Turn heat to low and boil until a candy thermometer reads 240F.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in baking soda dissolved in vanilla and food coloring.
  • Pour over popcorn in a large bowl. Mix gently to coat.
  • Spread candy coated popcorn on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment. Allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.