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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Homemade Caramels: Make Your Own Monday #29





Before I set about writing this post, I did a Google search of "homemade caramels."  I found a few other bloggers who posted their adventures with stoves and candy thermometers and caramels that turned into hard toffee like substances.  I just wanted to see if anyone had a recipe like mine...One that doesn't use thermometers or stoves or turn out like toffee.  As you read the ingredients, remember, this is candy.  It's not supposed to be good for you.

Homemade Caramels
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 pound brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup 
dash salt
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Put all of the ingredients except the vanilla in a large microwavable bowl.  Microwave for 4 minutes.  Stir.


Microwave for 4 minutes.  Stir.


Microwave for 4 minutes.  Stir.


Microwave for 4 minutes.  Stir, add the vanilla and pour into a buttered 9 X 9 pan.  Let cool on the counter for about 20 minutes (the pan is going to be really HOT when you first pour the caramel mixture into it, so be careful).  Place in the fridge for a few hours.  Cut into small squares. You can wrap these individually if you want.  They go great on holiday plates of goodies.  They also go great in the summer when you don't want to bake or slave over a stove.

 
When I served these, I told my family that if I were really hip, I'd put pieces of sea salt on top.  They all thought I was nuts.  Then I suggested a little chili pepper instead.  I had a few takers who pronounced it amazing.  I used Slap Ya Mama Cajun season salt. ( I thank my brother in Houston for our addiction to this stuff!  It's really, really good!)


See, I left half "normal."  The other half....Ooo La La!!!




28 comments:

Jennifurla said...

These are awesome!

E said...

Do you need my address to send me a box? LOL They look delicious - I love homemade candy.

Beth said...

Next time I make caramels, I am SO trying your recipe. It looks so much easier than mine!

Monet said...

I agree! This looks so much easier than any recipe I've found. I don't have a candy thermometer, and so this would be perfect for me to try. Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

Your caramels look amazing! I'd like to try the sea salt version:) Thanks for the recipe!

MaryMoh said...

Wow...homemade candy!! These look irresistibly good....mmmm. I would love to try some day. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

Drick said...

this so beats boiling over a stove and all the things to do when making candies ... love the seasonings - which side got eaten' up first?

Belinda said...

Interesting sea salt! Mine usually is toffee that turned to caramel because I don't have the patience.

BigBearswife said...

ooo I LOVE caramels! i'll have to try this!!

Martha (MM) said...

Wonderful! I'm definitely bookmarking for my holiday trays!

Your comment on my blog about my feet really cracked me up :-)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

No more excuses...now I know how to make these...thank you!

Garilyn said...

These look so yummy! I love anything caramel! I may have to try these sooner rather than later.

Mary said...

These look fantastic. I take issue with your thought that candy is not supposed to be good for you. It's great for the spirit :-). I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Marly said...

I have a recipe for vegan sweetened condensed milk. I wonder if I could actually make vegan caramels. I think I might give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. What a great idea to make your own caramels!

21st Century Housewife© said...

Yum, I love caramels. And I like your idea of adding the spicy salt to some of them as well!

katerina said...

I was wondering how you manage to make all these goodies kids are crazy about, until you said you have 4 kids. That is probably the reason why you make all these little miracles, kids cannot resist. Experience speaks for itself.

Country Gal said...

Sweetened condensed milk! What a great secret ingredient! I can't wait to try these!

Sherry said...

These look awesome! I like your candy features the best. I went and looked at them. I don't see a lot of people making candy but yours is divine! Thanks for stopping by. Epcot mosaic answers are posted. third post down I have had a busy day already.

Sherry

Shree said...

how fun! love caramels :)

Andra said...

While I make all of my stocks, sauces, pickles, pasta, granola, and even butter, I have not braved caramels. But boy does this look tempting! And I had to smile at the no thermometer.

Steve said...

This is something i never even thought about trying to make before. My biggest fear is I would sit down with the whole tray and eat them till my teeth started to hurt. At least I wouldn't have to fight with those little clear wrappers.

The Mom Chef said...

Oh my gosh. I am making these today. I need the pound of brown sugar (ouch), but it'll be worth it. Caramel is almost like, like, well, like cheesecake!

Andrea said...

WOW! Oo la la is right. Once I get a kitchen, I'm trying these!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Brilliant idea! They look just perfect with the sweet gooey bite a caramel and the spice!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

OK, these look delicious. I love sweet and salty together. Great recipe.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OMGosh this sounds amazing I would eat the whole thing. I love you can do it in the microwave.

I'd be a sea salt taker! GREAT idea for my Christmas Cookie plates I do.

Jen in SLO said...

I have to try this immediately! Do you know how long I've been looking for an easy caramel squares recipe?! Forever.

You can't buy the little caramels in the plastic wrappers anymore. At least not around here, you can't. And I love those little caramels in the plastic wrappers.

Tara said...

Oh, my. I am going to put together caramel apple basket for teachers with everything needed to make them. Now, I can include HOMEMADE caramels. You are fabulous!

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