Homemade Caramels

The holiday season has arrived, which means there is a lot of gift-giving to family, friends, and neighbors.  This is an easy recipe to whip up and one batch could feed many and makes for some yummy goodies!  This caramel is SO soft and chewy!  It is absolutely delicious!

(recipe from: Little Space…To Fill That Is)

Makes about 60 caramels

1 cup butter
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

**Make sure for this recipe you are using a candy thermometer, have all your ingredients and equipment ready to go.**

Line a standard size baking sheet with parchment paper. Allow parchment to rise up the sides rather than just lining the bottom of the sheet.
Cut butter into small cubes and melt over low heat in a medium size sauce pan.
Add and mix sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk. Remember to pour sugar in center of pan, and if any sugar crystals stick to the side of your pan, brush them down with a damp pastry brush.
Cook and stir on medium high heat until boiling, then clip your candy thermometer to the side of pan. Do not allow the thermometer to touch the bottom of the pan.
Reduce heat to medium or a temperature which allows for a steady, moderate boil. Stir often.
When the thermometer reaches 244 F (this will take approximately 30 minutes), remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour the caramel into your prepared baking sheet – use caution! This is a very hot mixture.
Allow to cool overnight then use a pizza cutter to slice into desired slices.
Wrap each caramel in wax paper and twist the ends to close.


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  1. Jennifer

    Thanks for posting! I make caramels every holiday season and LOVE them! This recipe looks easier than mine....I'll have to try it.

  2. Jenni

    This reminds me of my grandma! She made caramels every year for the holidays. Thank you for sharing this and bringing back so many memories!

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  4. Michele

    These look so perfect. I LOVE caramels.

  5. Amy

    These are truly wonderful gift-giving treats! :) I know I'll be jumping up and down if I got a jar of these goodness. Yours look perfect and delicious.

  6. Foodness Gracious

    Mmm they look wonderful! I can relate as I have been making caramels almost everyday for the past week trying to pefect some outrageous flavors in time for gift giving..Take care,

  7. Erin

    these look amazing! i might have to try these! I just posted a caramel stuffed apple cider cookie that you could use these in! http://eatingmywayback.blogspot.com/2011/11/caramel-stuffed-apple-cider-cookies.html

  8. Ragan

    Hey! Those look DELICIOUS!!!! Can't wait to try one!

  9. Cindy @ Creating at Home

    These look amazing!! I'm going to make them for sure.. possibly even today. :)

  10. Domestic Goddesque

    Heavenly: I've had to restrain myself from licking the laptop screen :D

  11. Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

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  12. Our Delightful Home

    The caramel looks great!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  13. Tenille

    Yum Yum Yum. I love caramels. And homemade ones are even better. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.


  14. Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It

    Yum! I'm definitely trying these out!

  15. Shay

    Your recipes always look sooo good! Thanks! Shay :) http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/

  16. Jamie

    This sounds delicious. My hubby is addicted to carmel. He would love this. I love your blog.
    P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.

  17. Kim

    THose look so good, I can almost taste them! Making them this weekend.

  18. Summer

    Yum! These would make such a great Christmas gift!

  19. Alecia

    I love the satin gloss these have, not dull at all like store bought carmels. Do these stay soft or get really chewy?

    New follower from TT&J


  20. Krista

    These are so pretty. Perfect for a holiday gift. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and Happy Thanksgiving. Everyday Mom's Meals

  21. Chris

    Hi there, these caramels look absolutely delicious, even better than those from the store. I certainly will have to make them for myself and put it to the test - they seem so easy also. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  22. Ty and Whitty

    Thank you so much for linking up to Show and Share last week. Make sure to come back this week with your latest project. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured your homemade caramels come on over to see what I had to say and grab a featured button from my sidebar. Thank you. http://tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com/2011/11/show-and-share-15-and-features.htmlA mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOWtyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

  23. Renee Z

    Great tip on using the pizza cutter. It'll make it much easier!

  24. Anonymous

    can u add nuts?

  25. Whitney

    I want to make these! Did you use a cookie sheet or a cake pan? What size?

  26. Chef in Training

    @Whitney I used a standard size cookie sheet. I put parchment paper down first to cover the top then poured on the liquid caramel on top. Then you just let it sit overnight to harden up. Let me know if you have any more questions.@Anonymous I have never added nuts, but I am sure you could. Let me know if you do and how it turns out!

  27. Ashton Souza

    We do not get Corn syrup easily. What can be a substitute. Also could you clarify 1 - 14 ounce... Does it mean 1 and 1/4 ounce?

  28. Starr

    Is it okay to use a non stick teflon pan while making this?

  29. Sue Kern

    This will be on my Christmas baking list!

  30. Teresa Stoker

    Can I substitute wax paper for parchment paper? I was hoping to make these tonight so that I can use them tomorrow in your Better Than Anything cookie recipe! I live far away from the store, so I hope wax paper will be ok!

  31. Katie Stone

    What altitude are you at? I live at a high altitude and usually adjust accordingly. Do I need to adjust the temp on candy thermometer for 4500 feet?