Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Homemade Caramel Recipe

These homemade caramels are soft and buttery. They're rich and creamy. They are pure delight wrapped up in a chewy morsel. Making caramels at home is fairly easy and with this recipe you'll have plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth AND to share with family and friends. Make some this Christmas season, you won't regret it!

Homemade Caramels Recipe

Homemade Caramel Recipe

This caramel recipe is the same one that I use for caramel apples. I got the recipe from a friend who is known for them. When I first tried caramel apples, I had a bit left over and poured it into a pan. I've used this recipe to make Christmas caramels ever since. You will love these soft and buttery caramels.

Soft and Chewy Homemade Caramels

Tips for making caramels


Tip #1 - Use a candy thermometer

I know a lot of people are a bit timid about using a candy thermometer. Some like to use the cold water test. If you don't have one, that is a great option. If you read my English Toffee Tips you will know that I am firmly in the candy thermometer camp. I love knowing that my candy has been cooked to exactly the right temperature. It's important to note that it is necessary to calibrate your thermometer from time to time.

Tip #2 - Use a quality thick bottomed pan.

A thick quality pan helps to prevent scorching. It also helps distribute the heat evenly.

Tip #3 - Stir constantly

Stirring constantly helps to prevent scorching. Keeping the mixture moving helps the caramel to cook evenly.

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Christmas caramels

Homemade Caramel Recipe

Printable Caramel Recipe

1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. salted butter

Grease a 9 X 13 pan and set aside. Combine ingredients in a heavy pot. Heat over medium heat until candy reaches 225° for softer caramels or 230° for firmer caramels. Immediately pour caramel into prepared pan. Let cool, then cut up and wrap in wax paper.

Caramel Recipe

Do you take plates to neighbors and friends filled with homemade goodies? Want more homemade candy recipes to add to the mix?  You're in luck! Pretty much the whole month of December is dedicated to Christmas candies this year.

Homemade Fudge
English Toffee
Candied Pecans
Caramel Chocolate Pretzels

Favorite Christmas Candy
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How to Make Caramels

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