We make these every year.
Okay. More like we make these every year I have the inclination to make them.
I made them last year for my neighbors and it was such a success – seriously, my neighbors were stopping me after Christmas to ask me about them – I decided to expand my efforts to include teacher gifts this year.
Which meant I’d be making lots and lots of caramels. I stocked up on enough ingredients for 10 batches, not certain just how much I’d need, but not wanting to be caught short.
My sweet Victoria was, as she always is, up to the task of caramel making.
Tough stuff, I tell ya.
Like putting two sticks of butter, a cup of sugar and a cup of brown sugar into a heavy pot.
Once you have all the ingredients combined, all you have to do was stir. And wait.
And be sure you’re ready.
Because once the mixture reaches soft ball stage, it’s go time.
I usually wait overnight before cutting, especially if I want them to look pretty.
Of course, sometimes I don’t care and we eat them as soon as they are cool enough to not scorch the skin off the roofs of our mouths.
Because these are for gifting, we let them cool overnight and then put them into the fridge for about 1 hour right before cutting. I was happy with how nicely the edges came out because they were chilled. But, honestly, these taste so divine, once you try one you won’t care what they look like.
They’re that good.
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. Once mixture starts to boil, stir constantly. When mixture reaches soft-ball stage, pull off heat. Mix in vanilla and pour into buttered 9″ x 13″ pan. Wait until completely cooled to cut.
Then give as gifts to anyone you want to be your new best friend.
P.S. For anyone who might be curious, we made two double batches and were able to fill 10 tins with caramels for gifting. With a few left over. So I definitely overbought. *sigh* Now we’ll have to make more caramels this Christmas just for us.
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