Indulgent desserts are a quintessential part of holiday entertaining. Do you need a delicious treat to serve for this year’s Christmas celebration? If so, you definitely need to check out these easy homemade caramel candies! They are totally yummy and way less expensive than store bought caramels.
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I seriously can’t get enough caramel deliciousness during the holidays. My mom occasionally surprises us with awesome homemade chocolate caramel candy bars and they’re amazing. Luckily, even when she isn’t in the mood to slave away in the kitchen (and I totally don’t blame her) I can still get my caramel fix with these delicacies.
In addition to being the perfect treat to serve at any holiday party, they’re also a great way to save on stocking stuffers for your family. One batch makes a ton of caramels and they’re the perfect individually wrapped treat to top off those accessories hanging by the fireplace.
Lastly, of course, they also are an easy and budget-friendly gift idea for hostesses and teachers during the holiday season. Now it’s time to find out just how easy they are to make with the step-by-step recipe below.
Homemade Caramel Candies Ingredients
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 4 Cups Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Cups White Granulated Sugar
- 2 Cups Light Corn Syrup
- 1.5 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
First, prepare a 9×13 inch glass baking dish by lining it with a sheet of parchment paper. Then set your dish aside.
Next, cube your sticks of butter and toss them in a large sauce pot.
Add your heavy whipping cream, light corn syrup, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to your sauce pan and put it on the stove over medium-high heat.
Stir all of the ingredients in your pot together over the heat.
Continue stirring your mixture constantly while heating until the mixture reaches 240° Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, stir continually for 35 to 40 minutes until large bubbles regularly appear in the mixture.
Then remove your mixture from the heat and immediately stir in your vanilla extract.
Immediately transfer your mixture to your parchment lined baking dish and then set aside to cool completely.
Once your caramel is cooled, refrigerate for 1 hour.
Then pull out your caramel and cut into small pieces with a butter knife.
Finally wrap your caramels in pieces of parchment paper and twist the ends to seal.
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