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Creamy Caramels Recipe
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Creamy Caramels Recipe

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I discovered this recipe in a local newspaper several years ago and have made these soft buttery caramels ever since. Everyone asks for the recipe once they have a taste. I make them for Christmas, picnics and charity auctions. They are so much better than store-bought caramels. -Marcie Wolfe, Williamsburg, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 64 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 72 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. Line an 8-in.-square pan with foil; grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Creamy Caramels in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p25

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 72 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

Reviews for Creamy Caramels

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"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."

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"A wonderful candy. I dipped the caramels in chocolate and sprinkled a few granules of sea salt on top of each one. Amazing!"

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"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!!"

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"My Mother made caramels for years and she always said to NEVER double the recipe."

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Great and so easy!!! My first caramels and they were perfect. I didn't have trouble reaching soft ball temp, it just takes some patience. Will be making some more!"

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