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Seriously amazing soft and delicious 'smack ya mama' caramels!

Grandma’s Caramels

Soft, chewy, and melt in your mouth caramel is the perfect candy to set out for guests or gift giving. With only a few staple ingredients and a little bit of time, homemade candy has never been easier.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Grandma’s Caramels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 60 caramels
Author Amanda Rettke

Ingredients

  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and ¼ cup of cream.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  4. While continuing to stir, add the remaining cream. Insert a candy thermometer and while constantly stirring, bring to the soft ball stage. Around 250°F, the sugar syrup will turn transparent and boil rapidly.

  5. Around 320°F, the syrup will darken slightly and smell caramel-like. You can proceed to the next step any time after the syrup reaches 250°F and before it reaches 325°F.

  6. Remove caramel from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  7. While still warm, use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles that rise to the top. Allow cooling overnight.
  8. Use a thin knife or small offset spatula to loosen the caramel block from the pan. Transfer the block to a cutting board and cut into desired size and shape. Wrap individually in wax paper if desired.

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