Homemade Christmas Caramels

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Try this Homemade Christmas Caramels recipe, and see if you and the kids do not prefer caramels that you make at home from scratch more than any kind that you could buy at the local grocery store, no matter how good they might have seemed to taste before. This caramel recipe is made right, too, even if they are loaded with sugar, butter and cream. The ratios of sugar to cream and butter are quite low, so this caramel recipe will have the rich flavor that you have come to know and love in caramels, and will not just taste like super sweet candies. Here, the ingredients are blended right in this caramel recipe, with extra cream added at the end to make certain that the caramels are super rich as well as chewy and delicious.

Caramels are an old, old treat, and have been made for hundreds of years. They have also been a combination of butter and sugar as well as cream. Over time, they have also come to incorporate other ingredients. Those ingredients in a caramel recipe might include something quite simple, such as vanilla, or other flavorings (like mint, for example). Or the caramels could include other ingredients such as nuts (walnuts are fabulous because the slightly bitter edge works perfectly against the creaminess of the caramels).

Caramel is used in other places besides just as a candy that you can eat (although that might be the best way to experience it). Caramel is also used to flavor sauces made with more cream; caramel can also be salted to create salted caramel; it can be served as a topping for ice cream or other desserts; and caramel can be used to coat things such as candy apples, or in its earliest know method, on pecans to create pralines. Caramel, as a term, has been around for several hundred years, and is known as a process as much as a candy. So when you eat your caramels, remember you could also caramel something else.

Caramel usually means the confection that includes brown sugar, or at least it did originally. And it almost always meant that cream was also included in order to achieve the particular rich and chewy texture. As time went on, of course, other ingredients such as coconut oil began to replace cream as they were much cheaper and had a longer shelf life than dairy products. So began the commercialization of this sweet treat. Today, though, you can still make your very own caramels for you and the family. And, although one recipe may require a bit of time and attention, a single recipe will make enough caramels to last a good, long time.

Nutrition Facts for: Homemade Christmas Caramels From Garnish & Glaze
Ingredients: White sugar, dark corn syrup, butter, whipping cream, vanilla.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 80 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 28,, Calories from Fat 8, Total Fat 0.9g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%, Cholesterol 3mg 1%, Sodium 1mg 0%, Potassium 3mg 0%, Carbohydrates 5.1g 2%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 5.0g, Protein 0.1g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%

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