Saturday, December 18, 2010

A week of {no bake} Christmas party treats - Day 7 - Caramels

Welcome to the last day of a week of {no bake} Christmas party treats! It's been fun, but let me tell you, it's been a LONG week! I'm ready for a day off! However, I wanted to end the week with a bang, so here's a recipe for easy, yummy CARAMELS!

These are easy as caramels and candy go, but they do require a bit more finesse than the other treats I've showcased throughout the week. However, I didn't feel like I had much finesse today and they still turned out tasty, so there you go... the mark of a good recipe, I guess!

homemade caramels

Start with the following ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 lb brown sugar (2 cups)
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Day 7-1

Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and then add the syrup, brown sugar and salt. Mix well.

Day 7-2

Add the condensed milk, then cook mixture slowly over medium heat (stirring often) for approximately 14 minutes. At this point a medium-firm ball will form if you drop a bit in a glass of cold water, *OR* the temperature should measure 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer (if you have one). Careful, as the caramel boils hotter and hotter, it tends to spatter out a bit.

Day 7-3

Add the vanilla (will cause caramel to bubble up), stir in. Then pour into a buttered pan to cool.
Your's will probably look prettier than mine... I accidentally let it scorch a bit at the very end (my spatula started melting!!!), so there are some brown bits on top. It didn't affect the taste, however and these are just as delicious as they're supposed to be!

To serve, just cut into squares and put in grease-resistant candy cups. You can also cut and roll in wax paper to make little wrapped candies.

Day 7-4

Caramels
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 lb brown sugar (2 cups)
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  1. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Add syrup, brown sugar and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add condensed milk.
  4. Cook mixture slowly over medium heat, stirring often (for about 14 minutes) until a medium-firm ball forms with a drop into cold water or 245 degrees F with a candy thermometer.
  5. Add vanilla and pour into a buttered pan to cool.
  6. Cut and put in grease resistant candy cups to serve. Or, roll in wax paper.
Hope you've enjoyed this week of treats!!

2 comments:

  1. What wonderful Ideas very creative!

    I also have a no bake that you didn't cover, its the one that you use rolled oats & cocoa and peanut-butter. Spoon dropped onto wax paper! they're VERY addicting.

    Thanks & I've marked you to come again!

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  2. Yum! We are going to try making these this weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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