A while ago I reviewed the latest line from Cracker Jacks, Cracker Jack'd. You may recall that I thought they were all awful. But Cracker Jacks seems ubiquitous, I figured their classic offering might still be tasty. Not bad, but ... meh.
After the fairly disappointing caramel corn from Say Hey! at the ballpark, I wanted some real caramel corn. Not knowing where to turn, I went for what I knew was a classic: Cracker Jacks. I'm not really sure that I've ever had Cracker Jacks before. I see why. It isn't bad, but it surely isn't very good.
The pieces of popcorn were crunchy, and nicely coated with caramel, but the caramel had a bit of a burnt, not very good, flavor. There weren't many peanuts. Overall, very unremarkable at room temperature.
So then I tried freezing some. I liked it more this way. A bit crunchier, so more fun to eat. But I still wasn't a fan of the burnt taste. I ended up using chopped up Cracker Jacks as a topping for butterscotch pudding, and found that worked well. I also mixed up a batch of half kettle corn, half cracker jacks, and liked the sweet and salty components together. But ... overall, I still didn't find myself wanting to just devour it by the handful. I kept wanting to like it more, since I do like caramel corn, but ... yeah, not my thing. I did find that I liked the caramel coated peanuts more than the actual popcorn.