Cracker Jack – 24/1.25 oz. bags

24/1.25 oz. bags of The Original Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts.

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  • 24/1.25 oz. bags of The Original Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts.

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Not the treat of yesteryear, that’s for sure.

Thinking I’d be wickedly clever and get a fun treat — one that’s vegan and also contains fiber, hee hee — into my kids and the rest of the unsuspecting Trick-or-Treaters this year, I ordered a bunch of these bulk boxes of Cracker Jack bags for distribution last Halloween.

What a disappointment, in two ways.

1. My suspicion is that, unlike the 1970s and 80s when I was a kid and enjoyed these, modern food science has now created a popcorn scanner that sees inside each popped kernel to find out whether it has popped fully or incompletely– incompletely meaning a hard stone part lurks inside. If the latter is ascertained, it gets routed onto the Cracker Jack bag-filling line. I’d say a good half or more of the popped corns in the bags we received contained an unchewable hard part.

2. I strongly suspect attorneys seeking to limit settlements by Cracker Jack, Inc. to parents whose children found a way to harm themselves with yesterday’s prizes like plastic spinners and “moving” pictures have mandated that all Cracker Jack prize designers limit their creations to “paper only” models. They were undoubtedly encouraged to do so by some MBA whiz (most likely a Harvard Business School graduate) who also realized how cheap and lightweight paper is to manufacture, thereby saving on both production and shipping costs, in addition to settlement fees.

The unfortunate result is that, unlike the actually fun prizes I remember (a few of which, I am embarrassed to say, I still have packed away somewhere), today’s children can look forward to Cracker Jack prizes like paper pencil toppers (two slits and put on the end of that pencil — wow!) and — I kid you not — “arrange the face of Abe Lincoln” or “turn the young face into the elderly Susan B. Anthony” activities.

Don’t get me wrong; I love the Abolitionists and Suffragettes, and Susan B. Anthony, having the honor of being among both camps, is my favorite among them. I will also add that my self-righteous pride expanded as I realized I was distributing to neighborhood children lessons about American historical figures along with a vegan, fiber-containing snack, all masquerading as a Halloween treat.

But the Cracker Jacks that children love are gone. Mine, who are in 1st and 4th grade, won’t even eat the leftover bags, and so I started eating them myself– except I couldn’t force myself to chew through all those hard kernels. And when I tossed my kids the prizes, they said, “no, thanks.”

I write this not to deride a classic treat but to beseech the powers-that-be at Cracker Jack to restore their product to the quality of its glory days, when hard kernels weren’t plentiful and the prizes were worth finishing your bag or box for. Arise, Crack Jack, to this challenge, and reclaim your rightful place in American childhood!

NomaNewbury, MA

TWICE THE PRICE

Wow, I almost gasped when I saw the price. I bought these today from Sam’s club for $6.88.

Same amount, same packaging, same product.

So my one-star review is based only on the ridiculous price, not the delicious product.

PollyAu Sable Forks, NY

CRACKER JACKS SNACK PACKS

THERE IS NOTHING MUCH TO SAY, EXCEPT THAT I PURCHASED THESE ITEMS BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD TO FIND IN THE LOCAL STORES AND WHEN YOU DO FIND THEM , THEY ARE A BIT EXSPENSIVE, SO WHEN I SAW THAT AMAZON HAD THEM AND I REMEMBERED THAT I PURCHASED A LARGE QUANITY A FEW YEARS AGO AND THAT THE PRICE WAS GREAT, I ORDERED TWO LARGE PACKS. I ALSO MANAGED TO EAT THEM ALL WITHIN ABOUT 10 DAYS, BUT THAT’S OK THEY DIDN’T MAKE ME FAT… JUST HAPPY.
DwanaRacine, WV

Cracker jacks

I purchased these bags to be given as favors at my daughters wedding. Her fiance is a minor league baseball player and she used a baseball theme. Needless to say they were a huge success! They are the perfect size. The product was fresh. I was especially pleased to receive them in days of placing my order!!
RobynNewfane, NY

Better than the original boxes even

The popcorn is fresher and fluffier than I remember. And there are enough peanuts to add that something extra that plain caramel corn doesn’t have. The bags are a good size for a snack.
BrandeeAaronsburg, PA

Prize inside.

Same great taste, who doesn’t love Cracker Jack’s? The size is perfect for a snack or lunch bag. They arrived early, the only downfall was the prize, I’m all for an education, but those little paper things are sad, they fall apart instantly, it’s OK to have fun prizes too.
PhillipWheeler, IN

Cracker Jack in Bags

Purchased before we found the Cracker Jack in BOXES. That is the way Cracker Jack should be …in Boxes! This was also too pricey for not being in the boxes so we returned it without a problem.
ChariseShannon, MS

Fast shipping and good quality.

Was a little worried as it was such a cheap price. Got them in 3 days and still fresh. Who took all the peanuts out of cracker jacks?
MichelChewalla, TN

Cracker Jacks. Just Like The Old Days.

A couple weeks ago I spotted some bags of Cracker Jacks at my local Fresh and Easy Market. I was amused in that it brought back old memories of how we used to eat Cracker Jacks as kids. I bought a bag and enjoyed the nice and crispy carmelized corn and peanuts. Then a couple days ago, I spotted some 24-bag cartons of Cracker Jacks at my nearby Costco Store. Hmmmm. What is this a Cracker Jack revival? In any case, I picked up a 24-bag (1.25 oz ea.) box of Cracker Jacks with the idea that I could use them as snacks or for lunches and for my little boy to enjoy. Supposedly, they have a little toy in each bag, just as they did in the old days, but the only toys I’ve found so far are some paper stickers, not like the things in the old days. Oh well, it’s probably just as well. I can easily visualize my little boy swallowing those little metal or plastic gadgets that they used to have. In any case, these bags are quite good. Nice and fresh. Very handy. I hope my little boy likes them as well as I used to or I’m going to have a lot of lunch materials.

Gary Peterson

CatalinaCamas Valley, OR

Perfect addition!!

We purchased these for our sons fifth birthday party! He had a baseball theme and what’s a baseball party without cracker jacks? 🙂 shipping was a little high but well worth it! I think the adults loved it more the kids! I heard more then one say “wow this sure brings me back to my childhood!”
JonasSaint Michael, PA