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Pecan Caramels

I altered the original recipe for these creamy caramels by substituting condensed milk for part of the whipping cream and cutting back on the sugar. Everybody raves about them, and they make a great holiday gift. You can't eat just one! —Patsy Howell, Peru, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 pounds


  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; grease the foil with butter. Set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir until smooth and blended, about 10 minutes. Stir in milk and remaining cream. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), about 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Cool. Using foil, lift candy out of pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 66 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Renee
    Nov 12, 2017

    These candies are delicious. My daughter & I made one batch but will definitely make again. I think the next time I will cut slightly smaller and dip in a dark chocolate.They really are the best!

  • nanook197
    Dec 23, 2015

    I have been making these caramels for several years now. It has become a tradition for me to bring them for our Christmas celebration ever since. My family reminds me at least two months in advance. Even friends from my work request that I make them.

  • JennatheBaker
    Oct 2, 2014

    I couldn't afford 2 cups of pecans, so I just left them out. It has been several years since I made them, and my friends and family still talk about how great they were. I will be making them again for sure this year. (I also put them in a smaller pan, since I didn't use pecans.)

  • pettitjen
    Dec 14, 2012

    followed this recipe twice and ended up with a gooey mess. 238 degrees maybe isn't high enough, tasted good, but gooey!

  • Penny Lane3
    Dec 9, 2011

    Absolutely delicious! Using the 9x13 pan makes the ends a little thin and not so pretty for gifting, but hey, I'll eat those. 5 stars!!

  • glitterchatter
    Dec 31, 2009

    From beginning to end, it's been an hour long process each time I make these caramels, but without a doubt, this recipe has elevated me to the sweet treat goddess! Chewy goodness. So cool to see the cream-colored ingredients transform to the rich caramel color. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • sule
    Mar 22, 2009

    This is an excellent recipe. I make it at Christmas time and cannot keep the candy long enough to package for gifts. Do not cook long than the soft-ball stage as it will not be chewy. I experienced that (by mistake)

  • sule
    Apr 3, 2008

    This is an excellent recipe for anytime of the year. I made three batches of the candy at Christmas time as it was very popular at the places I took it too. Even for the gift giving, it was great!!!