Friday, December 4, 2009

food fun Friday - Caramels

We are going to visit the twins for their birthday this weekend... so I have to make my traditional Caramels (after 3 years its a tradition right?)

1 C brown sugar
1 C white sugar
1 C light (clear) Karo Syrup
1/2 lb butter
1 can condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
-cook over slow heat, stirring constantly until it forms a stiff ball in water.
-remove from heat, stir in vanilla
-pour into buttered pan and cool

now here are the things I've learned.
-DO NOT double the recipe.
-you cook it over the stove for AT LEAST an hour, yep an hour!
here's Mr. Produce helping me stir:
It forms a darker caramel color as it bubbles:
it forms a ball of sorts in water when it is done:
I prefer the thermometer method. The books say it should reach between 238 and 248... although I only got mine to go to 230- and it still turned out ok.
pour it into a buttered pan and let sit all night.
You then cut it into smallish squares.
pop them out (the first one is always bad, so eat that one!)
wrap them up in squares of wax paper:
and there you have it a tasty new tradition

4 Wonderful People Who Commented:

Lauren said...

not sure i'm going to brave this recipe after how bad i screwed them up (twice!) last year! But your carmels are delish--- you'll just have to send me some. :) baby carson needs sugar in my tum tum, right?

Sue said...

I love caramels. My friend makes them, but I find them tricky. And an hour is a pretty long time over a hot stove.

But I guess they are worth it!


Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love caramels and I bet these are so good! Homemade is always better!


Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

They look divine! I have never tried making caramels before...thank you for the recipe and have a fun visit with the twins.

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