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Toasted Almond Caramels

 Toasted Almond Caramels
Preparing these caramels never fails to put me in the holiday spirit. Later, when I'm passing them around, that cheerful feeling becomes contagious. —Mae Ondracek, Pahrump, Nevada
48 ServingsPrep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Line an 8-in. square dish with foil; butter the foil with 1 teaspoon
  • butter. Set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and
  • remaining butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring
  • constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; boil gently without stirring
  • for 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; slowly stir in cream. Return to the heat; cook,
  • without stirring, over medium-low heat until a candy thermometer
  • reads 245° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in
  • vanilla and almonds.
  • Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape sides of saucepan). Cool
  • completely. Using foil, lift caramel out of pan. Discard foil; cut
  • caramel into squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper or foil;
  • twist ends. Yield: about 4 dozen.

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Toasted Almond Caramels (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 caramel equals 94 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.