I ran across an recipe for caramels in my late mother's old church cookbook. It didn't seem to tough, only four ingredients! I had to try it!
Let me tell you, the caramels were fantastic, melt in your mouth delicious. The recipe was not hard to make at all. The worst part was waiting 8 hours for it to set up!
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup of roasted nuts (optional)
- wax paper
- red or green colored plastic wrap
Stir the cream, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan.
Stirring constantly, heat the mixture to boiling.
Lower heat and stir, using the candy thermometer to see when it reaches 250 degrees.
Remove from heat and add vanilla and nuts (if using) and stir to mix thoroughly.
Pour into a wax paper lined cookie sheet and try to make sure it is of even thickness.
Let sit out (do not refrigerate) for 8 hours until the caramel has set.
Dip your knife in oil or butter and cut the caramel into squares.
Cut your colored plastic wrap into squares and wrap each piece so they won't stick together.
Caramels should be stored at room temperature, do not refrigerate.
They will only remain fresh for about a week, so don't hesitate to eat them up!
Homemade candy never fails to impress, so these easy caramels make great gifts to give to your boss, co-workers, minister or your child's teacher. They also make a terrific hostess gift for holiday party givers, they can serve them immediately or stash them to enjoy in private later. :)
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