Homemade Soft Caramels

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This Homemade Soft Caramels Recipe idea is one you will love. These caramels are soft, chewy and delicious. You will need a candy thermometer to make this caramel recipe because you need the mixture to reach a certain temperature, for this caramel recipe it needs to be 243 degrees. This how to make homemade caramel candies uses simple ingredients like light corn syrup, granulated sugar, butter, half and half, evaporated milk, and vanilla. This easy caramel recipe is made in stages. You start first by combining the sugar, corn syrup and half and half and let these boil for 10 minutes and then gradually pour in the half and half, then the butter. You'll cook the mixture over medium-low heat, and be careful no to rush or you will burn it. The other thing you want to have for this easy caramel recipe is a nice heavy gauge pan. This is because if you don't, there is a chance your caramel may burn, or you will find yourself having to stir the recipe a lot more.

The trick to this easy caramel recipe is to keep stirring as the caramel starts to boil to avoid it burning on the bottom. You want to keep an eye on the temperature until it reaches 243 degrees. Once the temperature gets close to this point, the caramel will get thicker and more golden brown. After it reaches the 243 degrees temperature you can pour it into two buttered eight by eight pans. Once you know how to make homemade caramel candies you will want to make them again. They make a nice gift when wrapped in simple waxed paper. You can use recipe variations for this easy caramel recipe and make it into a salted caramel recipe with the addition of some salt to the recipe. You will want to use quality vanilla in easy caramel recipe as it makes a difference in the overall taste of the final caramel. Vanilla comes in pure vanilla extract, vanilla paste, and vanilla beans. You will also find vanilla sugar and infused vanilla syrups among other options.

Most people rely on vanilla extract for their baking needs mostly because it's easy to find and fairly affordable. Vanilla extract is a product that is made by macerating vanilla beans in a mixture of alcohol and water. When it comes time to purchase vanilla extract try to avoid imitation varieties as they will have a weaker and sometimes tinny aftertaste. It pays to spend a bit more for good quality. Vanilla beans, are more expensive but offer the ultimate in flavoring and scenting baked goods. Vanilla beans are an almost waxy dark brown pod that is filled with thousands of little brown flavorful specks. Thank you to Leigh Anne at "Your Home Based Mom" recipe site for sharing this how to make homemade caramel with this homemade soft caramels recipe. Some of the recipes you will find on her site include dessert ideas, main dish recipes, side dish, slow cooker recipes, meat recipes and so much more. *

Nutrition Facts for: Homemade Soft Caramels from Your Home Based Mom
Ingredients: Light corn syrup, granulated sugar, butter, cream, evaporated milk, vanilla.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 50 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 40, Calories from Fat 7, Total Fat 0.8g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%, Cholesterol 3mg 1%, Sodium 5mg 0%, Potassium 15mg 0%, Carbohydrates 8.5g 3%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 8.3g, Protein 0.3g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 0%

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