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Soft 'n' Chewy Caramels Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

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.