I want to share with y’all a Christmas tradition we have around here.
Well, I guess not so much a tradition in the literal sense. Because some years I’m just too darned
lazy busy to make it.
But every time I do make this confectionery delight, I am so. stinkin’. glad. I did.
Meet Ellie’s Caramels. So named for the kindly older lady that introduced me to these hip-packin’-melt-in-your-mouth bites of heaven.
Actually, first meet the innards of Ellie’s Caramels.
And it’s even likely that I have all the ingredients on hand.
Even Poppy can do it. In fact, much of it she was doing. With her brother’s iTouch in one hand.
And the waiting.
Gotta keep two eyes and at least one hand on the wheel at all times.
And you’re ready to pour.
So I’ve learned to make these at night, so as not to torture myself. Or my kids.
Or burn the skin right off the roof of my mouth.
We put this batch into decorative tins for the neighbors. The best I could buy at the Dollar Store. But I think it works.
And forgive us for all the chaos that comes with being the next door neighbor of a family this size.
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup light Karo Syrup
1/2 pound butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
Add all ingredients except vanilla into large pot over medium heat. When mixture reaches soft-ball stage, pull off heat. Mix in vanilla and pour into buttered 9″ x 13″ pan. Then wait.
Cut into squares when you can’t stand it any longer and enjoy.