Savory & Sweet Eats

March 31, 2014 Editorial Staff
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(Family Features) For many, the best moments involve precious times spent with those they cherish the most. When this special family bonding happens in the kitchen, it’s easy to create memories to last a lifetime.

When you’re in the mood to try out new recipes, look for those that bring the whole family together. Add crunchy texture and sweetness to a classic casserole or a decadent sundae with a special treat, such as new Cracker Jack Chocolate & Caramel Popcorn snacks. You’ll serve up some smiles and new family memories while creating these recipes, which feature this scrumptious, caramel-coated favorite.

For more sweet and savory fun, visit www.facebook.com/crackerjack.

Classic AdditionsFor more than a century, families have loved the delicious flavors of Cracker Jack snacks. This celebrated classic also makes the perfect topping for a variety of your favorite snacks. Add some all-American fun to any of these treats for extra crunch and flavor:

  • Puddings
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes
  • Greek yogurt
  • Brownies
  • Pies
  • Parfaits
  • S’mores
  • Sweet

    Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole with Bacon Streusel, Marshmallows & Caramel Cracker Jack® Topping

    Ingredients:

    • Potatoes:
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 5 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (about 6 large sweet potatoes or one 40-ounce can of canned drained sweet potatoes, plus one 29-ounce can)
    • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
    • Streusel:
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 4 tablespoons butter, cold, cubed
    • 4 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled
    • 2 cups Cracker Jack Original Caramel Coated Popcorn and Peanuts snacks

    Preparation:

    1. To make potatoes, preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 3-quart oven safe casserole dish with nonstick spray. In large mixing bowl, whisk milk, sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla and salt together. Add mashed sweet potatoes and pineapple and stir until well-combined. Transfer sweet potato mixture to prepared casserole dish.
    2. To make streusel, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon in medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter using pastry blender or two knives until coarse crumbs form. Add crumbled bacon and sprinkle streusel mixture over potatoes. Bake until potatoes are hot and streusel is crisp and golden, 45 to 55 minutes. Top potatoes with the Cracker Jack snacks and marshmallows and return to oven until marshmallows are lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
    Cracker

    Recipe: Cracker Jack® Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Ingredients:

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In mixing bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda and salt. In large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add egg, beat until incorporated, then blend in molasses and buttermilk. Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture. Fold in Cracker Jack snacks. Scoop about 3 tablespoons of dough for each cookie onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool cookies on baking sheet for few minutes, then transfer to rack to cool completely. Assemble sandwiches by scooping about 1/4 cup ice cream onto bottom of cookie. Top with second cookie, sandwiching gently so ice cream spreads to edges. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic and freeze until firm.

    15 sandwiches