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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Candy, Game Day, Hacks, Slacker Jacks, Snacks

Slacker Jacks

ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 4 quarts
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Specialized Hardware

Candy/fry thermometer
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 4 quarts


  • Heat oven to 250ºF.
  • Grease a sheet pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray as well and set aside.
  • Combine the popcorn and peanuts in a large mixing bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla, and stir until combined. Heat the mixture until it reaches 250ºF on a candy/fry thermometer, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Pour the syrup over the popcorn and peanuts and stir with a silicone spatula to combine. You will need to work quickly because the syrup hardens rapidly. Spread the mixture onto the prepared sheet pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Cool completely.
  • Break into pieces and serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
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