Soft Caramels

Soft Caramels

Yield: 100 wrapped candies or 50 chocolate covered squares

What I used:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • OPTIONAL (see below for preparation ideas):
    • Strips of wax paper
    • 24oz semi-sweetened chocolate (tempered or combined with 1/2 block parrafin wax)
    • Crushed sea salt

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(1)  Lightly butter baking pan (9×13 or 10×14 work best).  Line with wax paper and butter wax paper.

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(2)  Combine all ingredients except salt in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed 4-quart saucepan (sugar will bubble when melted, so you want to err on the side of a larger pan).

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(3)  Stirring constantly, cook until the recipe reaches 240°F.  Begin testing using the ice water technique until sugar reaches “soft ball” stage (roughly 245°F).

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(4)  Remove from heat and stir in salt.

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(5)  Pour into prepared pan.  Allow to cool completely.

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(6)  Remove from pan, cut to desired size.

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There are many ways to present soft caramels.  Here are two of my favorites:

WRAP

(1)  Cut caramels into long, thin pieces.

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(2)  Cut strips of wax paper and wrap caramels individually, twisting ends of paper to secure.

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DIP

(1)  Cut caramels into squares.

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(2)  Temper chocolate or melt chocolate + parrafin.  Using a toothpick, dip caramel squares into chocolate, smoothly out tops to hid toothpick mark.  Sprinkle chocolate immediately with crushed sea salt.

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