- 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line an 8-in.-square pan with foil; grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside.
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and remaining butter; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring.
- Remove from the heat; stir in milk. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
- Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Cool. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.
Sweet White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.
Reviews for Creamy Caramels
"Love this recipe! Taste like a brand name caramel"
"Thanks mbrech119 for the tip on using parchment instead of foil to line the pan . . . worked perfectly! This recipe is great! Never made caramels before. Made this recipe for our wedding anniversary as my husband loves caramels. Used a 1.2 quart copper pot, which will only fit a half recipe--true what they say about the stuff climbing up the sides of the pot as it boils. Took about an hour until they were at the soft-ball stage and about 2 hours to cool enough to cut and wrap. Followed the directions to the letter (except for lining the pan with parchment) and ended up with the most delicious caramels my husband and I ever ate. Will make again for Christmas gifts!"
"Fabulous! Line pan w/parchment and you'll never need foil or spray again . .the caramels just slip right off! I usually cook to a degree or two over as I like a slightly darker color and a *bit* more chew. I always double the recipe - perfect for a half jelly roll plan. To speed up the process I also cook medium high until a few degrees off the temp, then turn it down - but you have to stir constantly or scorching happens . .and I scrap my pan, too with no ill effect!"
"My first time making caramels and haven't made any candy in a long time. They were easy to make. The hardest thing was the stirring for me with a sore wrist and shoulder. They turned out better than I expected and very good. I sprinkled with coarse sea salt immediately after pouring into pan to cool."
"This was my first time to make caramels. This recipe was very easy to follow, and they turned out delicious. I've already been asked to make more!!!"
"This was my first time making caramels. They turned out wonderfully :-)"
"I have been making this recipe for about 3 year now. Other then the first time, I have always doubled the recipe since then. I honestly don't know what kind of stove the people who put this recipe up was using, but it always takes me a total of 3 hours to make. If doubling still only 4 min boil. It is always after you add the condensed milk that take the longest, raising the temp to 238 degrees (soft ball stage) takes most of the time because on med-low heat it takes forever. I have let them cool both in the fridge and room temp and they always turn out beautifully either way. I too have dripped them in chocolate. Plain or with the chocolate everyone loves them. Friends rave about them and are always asking if I am making them any time soon."
"A wonderful candy. I dipped the caramels in chocolate and sprinkled a few granules of sea salt on top of each one. Amazing!"
"I have made 4 batches of these, 2 at a time. And I'll be making them again next Christmas. That is how good this recipe is. Candy making can take FOREVER, but stick to it, stir like crazy, and it is more than worth it. I will answer a few questions: the 4 minute boil stays the same when you double the recipe. Also, they cool beautifully at room temp. Amazing. Delicious!!"
"My Mother made caramels for years and she always said to NEVER double the recipe."