Make Your Own Caramel Candy

Chewy, gooey, and irresistible, these candies save money and make great treats for Christmas stockings or birthday favor baskets. For more on how to make candy, and other delicious homemade candy recipes, click here.

IngredientsNumber of servings: Makes 64 caramels

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    How to make it  

  • 1

    Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside.

  • 2

    In a 3-quart saucepan over moderate heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and butter or margarine. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly; reduce the heat slightly and boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring.

  • 3

    Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the condensed milk. Return the saucepan to the heat, reducing the heat to moderately low. Cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reads 238°F (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in vanilla.

  • 4

    Pour the candy into the prepared pan and let stand until the caramels are cool. Remove the caramels from the pan and cut them into 1-inch squares. Wrap each caramel individually in wax paper or plastic wrap, twisting the ends to seal.

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