My husband has been asking me to make caramels for quite a long time. I'll admit, I was intimidated by the candy-making process, and kept putting them off. I looked at recipe after recipe, finally settling on these Creamy Caramels from Taste of Home.
I made a mistake right off the top, which was to buy light corn syrup instead of dark. I was assured that the color may be off, but they'll still be delicious. I used a brand new candy thermometer, but since it was my first try, I also used the water test.
The guys taste-tested while I started wrapping. They told me to not waste my time wrapping, they were going to eat them right out of the pan. After the intial frenzy, I took some of the caramel and spread it on shortbread cookies, sandwiched it between pretzels, and then coated them with melted chocolate. Both were big hits.
Thank you so much to Marcie W. for sharing her recipe! For even more awesome #Halloween recipes, check out what the rest of the #FestiveFoodies are sharing today by using the links below.
- 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line an 8-in. square pan with foil; grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside.
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and remaining butter; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring.
- Remove from the heat; stir in milk. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
- Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Cool. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends.
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