It is my birthday today! And I made myself a treat. These caramels are seriously the best I have EVER had in my whole life. It is my mom’s recipe that she had been using for the past 40 years. Talk about tried and true!
I remember as a child I would sit at the table while my mom cut up the caramels. My job was to cut the wax paper into squares. My mom would pass me a caramel every once in awhile. She always made them this time of year and especially at Christmas. They not only remind me of my childhood, but they are to die for YUMMY!
Here is her recipe:
2 cubes of Butter (1 cup) I like to use salted
2 cups of Sugar
1 1/2 cups Light Corn Syrup
2 14oz cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Before you get started get a bowl of ice water ready and set next to the stove.
In a large heavy bottom saucepan melt the butter. Add the sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Stir constantly on medium high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Turn down heat to medium. Continue to stir constantly to avoid scorching. If it does start to scorch, turn the heat down a little. Stir until it starts to get a little darker. Check to see if it is done by spooning a little of the caramel into a bowl of ice water. Continue to check the caramel until it is the consistency you want. When it is right, remove from heat and add the vanilla. Pour into a greased pan. I use a cookie sheet. Let completely cool before cutting and eating. It takes a few hours for it to completely cool and set up. The longer you wait the better. I usually make it at night so I don’t get interrupted by kids while stirring and then it is ready and firm by morning.
The other thing I like about this recipe is you can use it to make caramel popcorn as well. Just cook it for less time so it is softer. It is soooo good!