Home-Made caramels are a perfect give for the Holidays, especially Bonnie’s Decadent Caramels! Everyone loves a special touch when it comes to getting gifts and these happen to be not only special but soooo delicious. It’s like a hug in every bite!
We miss and love you Bonnie!
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 she shared it with me. Holidays and recipes have a special way of bringing people you love and care for closer to your heart and mind. Bonnie has since moved away and we all love and miss her very much. Making Bonnie’s Decadent Caramels is a way of bringing her back home again!
Grab a good book and lots of patience
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. Bonnie used to read a good book while sitting at the stove making these amazing caramels.
One batch makes 100 plus depending on your size of cutting. So one batch provides a lot of holiday gifts. The real bonus is eating a few here and there as you’re wrapping them!
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
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. Grab a good book like Bonnie used to do! Relax and enjoy the process!
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 or Kosher Salt on top before wrapping, for a delicious salted caramel flavor.