Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homemade Caramels {Sweets and Treats #3}

Have you ever made homemade caramel? I haven't, and was very pleased with these. My cousin, Mark, emailed me the recipe a few weeks ago because he thought I'd like to have it. I was thankful for that, because who doesn't like to get a family recipe for something? These were great. They make a TON! If you don't need a TON, then I recommend halving this recipe. I wrapped about half of this up and handed it out and then with a fourth of it I made the Twix bars and now I still have a ton to use up! I'm thinking more Twix bars...

Homemade Caramels
from my cousin Mark

2 pounds brown sugar
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 pound (4 sticks) butter
16 ounces light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons Vanilla

First, grease 1 or 2 (9x13) pans with butter. (I only used one, but it really depends on how big you want your caramels. For this recipe, you could easily use two 9x13 pans.) In large pot over medium-high heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, add in corn syrup. Next, slowly add in sweetened condensed milk, stirring the whole time. Heat mixture to boiling and until a candy thermometer reads about 245 degrees. Continue to stir constantly so the bottom doesn't get scorched. You'll be stirring for awhile, so be prepared. Once the mixture is starting to thicken up, and the temperature is around 245 degrees you're ready to spread it in a pan and let it cool on counter for at least 2 hours. After 2 hours, if caramel is completely cool, remove it from the pan and slice into small pieces. You can use wax paper to wrap them up individually, just wrap a small piece around the caramel piece and twist the ends.


Laur said...

YUM! You did a great job! Look perfect!

Siggy said...

Looks FAB my friend!

Rita said...

This must be a hit withyour kids.

Unknown said...

If I make them...I'll eat them....

amber@This Mommy Cooks said...

My kids did absolutely love making all of these sweets. They weren't too sure of giving most of them away at first, but after we did the first house, they loved handing them out! I promised we would make more! =)

The Better Baker said...

I just made a batch of caramels tonight - using my homemade sweetened condensed milk that is AWESOME! I laughed when I saw the amounts of the ingredients your recipe calls for...that would definitely make a ton, but I have the mindset that you just can't have TOO many caramels. MMMM! =D


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