Aunt Emily's Soft Caramels
72
caramels
10 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 50 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

2 cups 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

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

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.

  5. STEP 5

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

Tip #1

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

Nutrition

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

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  February 04, 2018

One important thing people have to understand about cooking sugar is that altitude, where you are cooking, must be taken into account Water boils at a lower temperature as altitude increases. For every 1,000 ft. above sea level, water boils at 2 degrees lower. This holds true for other liquids as well. I live at 5,678 ft, so instead of boiling at 212 degrees, liquids boil at around 201-202 degrees F. When I cook I have to adjust cooking times and temperatures to get the desired result.

— says Elizabeth
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At sea level, the recipe is fine. However, for every 1000 ft., the temperature should be adjusted by 2 degrees. For example, for the Soft Ball stage at 2,000 ft, sugar temperatures should drop by about 4 degrees; At 5,000 ft., temperature drops by 10 degrees. Temperatures continue to drop as altitude climbs. So I cook my caramel to a lower temperature and still get the same great results.

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Probably NotAbsolutely!
  January 17, 2018

Turned out hard as a rock

— says Madison
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ChallengingA breeze
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Probably NotAbsolutely!
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