Home-Made caramels are a perfect give for the Holidays. If there is that one person you don’t know what to get for the Holidays, this is it! Everyone loves a special touch when it comes to getting gifts and these happen to be delicious. My Grandma’s friend Bonnie has been making me these caramels for my birthday, Christmas or just because for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted the recipe and now I finally have it. So, of course I want to share it with you. These caramels are like nothing else you’ve ever tried with their melt-in-your-mouth texture; along with a burst of decadent flavor. However, you will need some patience before you dip into this delicious recipe. It does take three hours to make, but well worth it. One batch makes 100 plus depending on your size of cutting. So one batch gets you a lot of gifts. Plus you can eat a few here and there as you’re wrapping them. That’s the best part! Items Needed 9 x 9 inch baking pan parchment paper candy thermometer Ingredients 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup light cream (1/2 cup heavy cream plus 1/2 cup dairy half and half) 1 cup butter (2 sticks) 1 cup milk 4 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions Combine sugars, syrup, cream, butter and milk in a 3 quart heavy saucepan. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugars are dissolved and butter is melted.
Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally.
While waiting, cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan When candy reaches 240 degrees F, stir constantly to avoid scorching and cook to firm ball stage, 246 to 248 degrees F. Remove from heat at once and let stand for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir to mix. Pour into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan and let cool completely.
This process, from start to finish, should take you three hours, don’t try to rush the process by turning up the heat because this will alter the results. Remove caramel from the baking pan.
Cut in long strips. Cut long strips into bite size pieces.
Wrap in wax paper and twist ends to seal.
Another option is to sprinkle sea salt on top before wrapping, for a delicious salted caramel flavor.