Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Grandma's Old Fashioned Caramels

I am sure this isn't origianlly my Grandma's recipe, but she taught me to make this delicious candy so she gets the credit. 

Grandma's Old Fashioned Caramels

1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 can sweetened and condensed milk
1 1/2 c. butter
chopped walnuts if desired
(This isn't exactly diet food!)

Put all ingredients in a pan over medium low heat and let cook until it comes to firm ball stage, stirring every few minute.  (The butter will separate as it melts and as my husband said, it looks gross.)  While it's cooking, butter a 9x13 dish.  (if adding walnuts do it just after it reaches the firm ball stage, 245-250 degrees.  This stage can be determined by dropping a spoonful of hot syrup into a bowl of very cold water. In the water, use your fingers to gather the cooled syrup into a ball. If it has reached firm-ball stage, it will feel firm and pliable but still slightly sticky, and will retain its shape when removed from the water but will quickly lose its shape at room temperature.  So it may look gross, but if you love old fashioned caramel this is the recipe for you.  Pour the caramels into the pan and let cool.  Once the caramel has cooled cut it into piece, warp in small piece of wax paper and put in a plastic storage bag. 

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