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Creamy Orange Caramels Recipe

Creamy Orange Caramels Recipe

Each Christmas I teach myself a new candy recipe. Last year I started with my caramel recipe and added a splash of orange extract for fun. This year I just might try buttered rum extract. —Shelly Bevington-Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.+ standing YIELD:80 servings


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Line an 11-in. x 7-in. dish with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and remaining butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; boil gently, without stirring, for 4 minutes.
  • 3. Remove from the heat; gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 244° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in extracts. Immediately pour into prepared dish (do not scrape saucepan). Let stand until firm.
  • 4. Using foil, lift out candy; remove foil. Using a buttered knife, cut caramel into 1-in. x 3/4-in. pieces. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Yield: about 2-1/2 pounds (80 pieces).
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.

Reviews for Creamy Orange Caramels

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PaulID User ID: 8042664 213395
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"This is the best caramel recipe I have ever seen this year we are going to try making chocolate sweetened condensed milk and having chocolate caramels we are also looking into using pink Himalayan salt to make salted caramel."

Maureen16 User ID: 7059886 189151
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"These were fabulous!! Soft and creamy, not one bit grainy. I used a little more orange extract than called for, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I dipped some of the caramels in chocolate. My guests loved them. I will surely be making these again!"

lkb004 User ID: 7013386 152753
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"The best caramels ever!!! Soft and chewy and absolutely delicious!"

lkb004 User ID: 7013386 195455
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Never made caramels before and don't think I will ever try another recipe...this is the best! They were a big hit and make the perfect gift! Delicious!!!!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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