Anyone who knows me knows that I have always had a bit of an obsession with candy. I could live without chocolate, or ice cream, but not candy. So I do like to try out new recipes when I find them.
Today, the kids and I are going to try making homemade caramels.
I have modified a couple recipes to form the following recipe. You will need the following ingredients:
Honey, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, butter, table cream, and coarse salt.
The first step is to mix 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of corn syrup, 1/2 cup of honey and 1 tbsp of vanilla extract in a big pot.
Heat it on medium until it has melted. It starts looking like this…
As it boils, it changes colour and consistency….
While you are waiting, cut the butter up into small cubes…great job for your helpers!
In a separate pot, heat a cup of cream to a simmer.
Then, melt the butter by adding it to the boiling sugar mixture.
Then, after all the butter has melted, mmmmm…pour in cream, mmmmm…
Then let it boil until it reaches 260 degrees. Or the hard ball stage.
Look at how the colour has changed…
Let it sit in the pot for a couple minutes.
Then, pour onto cookie a sheet lined with wax paper.
Wait a few minutes and sprinkle with salt. I used coarse salt, trust me, the salt is the best part!
Then, once it has cooled, crack it into pieces.
Yummy! My advice is to be careful when storing. I don’t think I let the temperature get quite high enough because if I stack these on top of each other, like in the picture, they end up being a solid piece. So, I have to put wax paper in between layers. But, they taste delicious!