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Aunt Emily's Soft Caramels

Aunt Emily's Soft Caramels

One of our most popular recipes! These buttery soft caramels have been enjoyed for generations. Now if only we knew who Aunt Emily was. 

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10 min
Prep Time
3 hrs
Total Time


2 cups sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 cup milk

1 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Butter 13x9-inch pan; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all ingredients except vanilla in heavy 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil.

  3. STEP 3

    Continue cooking 25-30 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 244°F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a firm ball.

  4. STEP 4

    Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  5. STEP 5

    Cut into 1 1/2x1-inch pieces; wrap candies in plastic food wrap. Store refrigerated.

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Tip #1

You can also line pan with parchment paper and butter parchment.

Tip #2

Do you like making candy? Try some of our other great candy recipes for peanut brittle, toffee and microwave fudge!

Tip #3

We recommend using 1% or 2% milk in this recipe.

Nutrition (1 caramel)

80 Calories
4 Fat (g)
10 Cholesterol (mg)
35 Sodium (mg)
12 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
0 Protein (g)
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