Soft 'n' Chewy Caramels Recipe

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This candy is a "must" at our house for Christmas. We raised four children on nutritious meals made of simple ingredients. Now I enjoy making special treats like this for the grandkids.—Darlene Edinger, Turtle Lake, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:54-60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 54-60 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 79 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; butter the foil. Set aside. In a Dutch oven, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in remaining cream. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 250° (hard-ball stage), stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla until well mixed, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Remove foil from pan; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Yield: 2 pounds.
Originally published as Soft 'n' Chewy Caramels in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p45

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 79 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

This is my tried and true recipe that I have used for many years. Makes great Christmas gifts!!

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Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

This replaces a family recipe we have used for 30 years. Soft yet firm and now a family favorite for the holidays and great for wrapping around an apple. A must to have in your recipe folder.

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

I have made this recipe soooo many times. I even sold it at a craft show where it was requested the next year! My family loves these candies.

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

Suggest 1/2 & 1/2 white/brown sugar. Substitue sweetened condensed milk for cream.

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