Soft 'n' Chewy Caramels Recipe
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Soft 'n' Chewy Caramels Recipe

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This candy is a must at our house for Christmas. I made these caramels with my children, and now I enjoy making them with our eight grandchildren, too. —Darlene Edinger, Turtle Lake, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:54-60 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 54-60 servings


  • 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.


  1. Line a 13x9-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

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"I followed this recipe exactly and lined the pan with foil. I buttered it generously. After the carmels cooled, the foil was stuck to the bottom of the candy like glue. It was a nightmare and a real mess to try and get the foil off the bottom! I would suggest using WAX paper and still butter it a lot!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"This is the recipe that I have used for 40 years now. Sometimes I go one "fat" step further and use heavy whipping cream instead of half & half. Truly decadent. We never take the time to cut and wrap. We just leave them in the pan and cut off a chunk."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

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

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."

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

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

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