Homemade Caramels

If you like caramels, this is a great recipe. When refrigerated, they are almost hard as a rock. When in your mouth, they literally melt.

I usually put all ingredients into a 4 1/2 qt pot, and start the heat on just under medium. The sugar must be dissolved before you crank up the heat.

I don’t even put my thermometer in until it begins to boil.

You will need a candy thermometer for this. Brach’s? Ha! Russell Stover? Don’t make me laugh.

2 C white sugar

1 C brown sugar, packed

1 C white corn syrup

1 C evaporated milk

1 pint heavy whipping cream

1 C butter (2 sticks)

1 1/4 tsp vanilla (added after boil)

First, prepare your pan into which you will cool your candy. A 9×11 cake pan works well. Be sure to line it with buttered HD foil. Don’t skimp on the butter. Corners, sides, bottom coat them well.

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Put all ingredients (except vanilla) in a medium size sauce pan. I use a 4 1/2 quart pot.

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Just starting to boil

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Temp about 200

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See how high it got? It won’t get any higher than this. As the water boils out of the caramel, the volume will decrease, lowering the level in the pot. The heat is now on 7 (med-hi).

The temp will get up to just under 220, and stay there for half an hour. You must stir constantly.

Melt butter and heat to combine and dissolve sugars. This will take 45 minutes to reach temperature of 250° F. You must stir constantly. It boils up within an inch of my current pot. I have ordered a slightly larger, tapered pot for this batch.

When you attain the temp, remove from heat, add extract and stir in, then pour into buttered pan, unless you are making turtles¹. Allow to cool completely. I put it in the fridge for an hour or so.

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Remove your foil filled candy from pan and upside down it on cutting board. Peel off your foil. Cut strips to your liking, then cut those into cubes or whatever form you want them. I wrap 6″ long strips about 3/4 inch cubed and cut as necessary.

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Turtles¹

If you like turtles, now is the time to make them just before the caramel is poured into your pan.

To prepare, you must lay out wax paper with a couple two-three pecans. You must make several piles/groups of them; as many as you want. Drizzle your melted caramel over your pecans. Then later, drizzle melted chocolate from your double boiler over your caramel and pecans. Allow to cool.

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Melting chocolate. I used 4 chunks of the almond bark and 1/2 slab paraffin, and about 3 C semi sweet chocolate chips.

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Final note: don’t use wax paper for the turtles. The caramel is too hot and the cooled turtle will take wax paper when it is separated. Try parchment paper or lightly sprayed cookie sheet (last resort). Still tasted good but what a pain.

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