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Caramel Crackers ‘n’ Nuts

Here is a favorite snack of mine that I find addictive. I love to give them as gifts during the holidays in gift wrapped covered coffee cans with a plastic bag lining the inside.—Betty B. Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 quarts

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (6.6 ounces each) Goldfish cheddar crackers
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large greased bowl, combine crackers and peanuts; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage), stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour over cracker mixture; quickly stir until evenly coated.
  • Transfer to two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool; break apart. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 196 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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