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Nutritional Information for Cracker Jacks

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Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.
Nutritional Information for Cracker Jacks
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The sweet treat with a “prize in every box,” Cracker Jack was introduced in 1896. The snack’s mascots are Sailor Jack and his canine pal Bingo. The iconic song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” mentions the popcorn snack. Understand the nutritional contents of Cracker Jack to better help plan your diet.

Serving Size

A serving size of Cracker Jacks is about ½ cup or 28g. Each box of regular size Cracker Jacks contains 3 ½ servings.

Ingredients

Produced by Frito-Lay, Cracker Jacks contains main ingredients of popcorn, molasses and peanuts. Additional ingredients include sugar, corn syrup, salt and corn and/or soybean oil.

Calories

One serving of Cracker Jacks contains 120 calories. The three macronutrients providing the body with calories are carbohydrates, protein and fats, states the McKinley Health Center. A serving of Cracker Jacks is made up of 23g of carbohydrates, 2g of protein and 2g of total fat. The snack is trans fat free and contains no saturated fats.

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Nutrition

The only vitamin or mineral in the snack is a small amount of iron. One serving of Cracker Jacks contains 4 percent of your daily value of iron, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Cracker Jacks contain about 70mg of sodium per serving, which is about 3 percent of your daily recommended value. Cracker Jacks contain 1g of dietary fiber and 15g of sugar.

Considerations

Cracker Jacks are a gluten- and casein-free snack. The food complies with the Orthodox Union’s kosher guidelines, and is considered a kosher food. The snack contains no monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer, and is lactose-free. Do not eat Cracker Jacks if you have peanut or tree nut allergies.

Varieties

Besides original Cracker Jacks, Frito Lays has added to the snacks line. In 1992, Butter Toffee Flavor Cracker Jacks were introduced. A low-fat version of the snack was created in 1995. Related snacks include Cracker Jacks Butter Toffee Clusters and Butter Toffee Peanuts.

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