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Cracker Jack Caramel Sundaes

Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Valerie Aikman-Smith
Yield Serves 8
Time: 15 minutes. No ball game would be complete without the traditional peanuts and Cracker Jack. These sundaes give you both. You can use store-bought Cracker Jack (the cook gets to keep the prize) or make your own with gourmet caramel corn and salty Spanish peanuts.


  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 pts. vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups caramel corn and 1 cup salted roasted Spanish peanuts; or 3 cups Cracker Jack

Nutrition Information

  • calories 664
  • caloriesfromfat 56 %
  • protein 9 g
  • fat 41 g
  • satfat 21 g
  • carbohydrate 71 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • sodium 188 mg
  • cholesterol 115 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat. Cook without stirring until mixture starts to turn a deep reddish brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Then gently swirl the pan to color evenly, remove from heat, and add butter and 1 cup whipping cream, stirring constantly (mixture will boil furiously). Let cool slightly.

  2. Whisk remaining 1 cup whipping cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.

  3. Scoop about 1/2 cup ice cream into each serving bowl. Pour 2 tbsp. warm sauce over ice cream (you will have a little extra), then top each with 1/4 cup caramel corn and 2 tbsp. peanuts. Dollop portions with whipped cream.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.