My long-time blogging friend, Diana shared her recipe for homemade caramels on her blog, Nana Diana Takes a Break. I had never made caramels but since Diana said this recipe never fails (and she has tried many recipes) I was excited to make a batch. And, then another batch. Because they are that good!
Buttery . Rich . Sweet . Delicious
And, just the right consistency. Hard when you put them into your mouth and in a few seconds, soft and chewy as the buttery caramel flavor explodes! I try to let them melt in my mouth but it is near impossible not to chew them :)
Diana's Delicious Caramels
made in the Microwave
source: Diana @Nana Diana Takes a Break
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Karo syrup
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Butter an 8 x 8" dish. (I had no problem removing the caramel from the dish but if you are concerned, line the pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Butter the foil.)
Melt butter in large microwave bowl in the microwave. Remove bowl from microwave, add the Karo syrup, light brown sugar, granulated sugar and the sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Microwave on high 3 1/2 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave, stir. Return to microwave for 3 1/2 more minutes. Remove from the microwave; add the vanilla and chopped nuts (if using, I didn't). Stir gently until only a few air bubbles remain.
Pour into prepared pan and set aside to cool completely. Cut into squares and wrap individually using squares of waxed paper. Wrapping isn't necessary, is time consuming but does make the caramels look special.
RECIPE NOTE: I made a second batch using the other half a can of sweetened milk. I thought about just doubling the recipe but was concerned that the cooking time would need to be changed to insure firm caramels. The recipe is so quick and easy, making a second batch is not problem.
Here is a similar recipe for Chewy Caramel from Allrecipes cooked on the stove using a candy thermometer. Diana's recipe is so easy and so good, I see no reason to make caramels any other way.
Stop by and and say Hi to this very dear lady! She had been under the weather for too long. I know I have been missing her delightful posts. She's sure to crack you up and she has the cutest grandkids! She also shares some great decorative ideas for packaging your caramels for gift-giving. She's a jewel!