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Nutty Caramels

A cousin passed this quick and easy recipe on to me. We make it every Christmas and include the caramels in gift baskets we share with family and friends.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Melted chocolate, optional

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, milk and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft–ball stage).
  • Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook and stir until thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  • Remove from heat; stir in nuts and vanilla. Immediately pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Let stand until firm.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan; remove foil. Using a buttered knife, cut caramel into 1-in. squares. If desired, drizzle with chocolate. Let stand until set.
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.

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  • JFenrick
    Jan 2, 2011

    These remind me of the caramels that my aunt used to make and hide so no one else would eat them. I used walnuts and it turned out great. They are easy to make, but takes a long time to get to the right temp. but well worth the stirring and patience.

  • awesome grandma
    Dec 10, 2010

    RECIPE CALLS FOR MELTED MILK CHOCOLATE.IS IT THE SQUARES OF CHOCOLATE? AND IT DOES'NT SAY HOW MUCH TO USE.

  • Phyllis Beverly
    Dec 31, 2009

    At first I didn't think this would be enough. It seemed to make such a small batch. But after they were cut there were plenty. We love caramels and this one will stay around a long time. We love the mix of caramels and nuts and this is a perfect combination.

  • webesmiley
    Dec 28, 2008

    This is the first candy recipe I've ever made. Good stuff!