Firm Caramel -- for many wonderful caramel things!

By • April 15, 2011 • 4 Comments

144 Save


Makes many, many caramels (depending on desired size)

  • 1 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup (scant) heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 8” x 8” square metal or glass pan, and lightly butter the foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Raise heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer. Allow to remain at a vigorous simmer, without stirring, until the mixture turns a medium amber color, approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the cream, butter, and salt. The mixture will bubble wildly, but stir slowly with a heat-resistant rubber spatula, or a wooden spoon, until completely blended and smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the caramel into the prepared pan, and allow to set at room temperature, about 1 hour.
  6. Remove from the pan, peel away the foil, and cut into desired uses.
  7. Salted Caramel: immediately after pouring hot caramel into the pan, sprinkle the surface of the caramel with flaky sea salt. Allow to set, then cut into small, ¾” squares or rectangles.
  8. Caramel-on-a-Stick: Once the 8 x 8 block of caramel is set, cut into 8 equal rectangles, 2” x 4”. Cut each rectangle across the diagonal, into 2 right triangles. Insert a lollipop stick into the bottom end of each triangle. Optional: Dip the triangles in melted dark chocolate.
  9. Nutty Little Caramel Logs: Before pouring hot caramel into the prepared pan, stir in 1 cup of chopped pecans or cashews, then pour into pan. Once set, cut caramel into ¾” wide strips, then into 1” long pieces. Roll each piece into a log. Wrap each log in clear cellophane and twist the ends.
  10. Big Caramel Logs: Pour the plain hot caramel into the prepared pan, and allow to set ½ hour. Cut it in half, and roll each half into a thick log. Roll the log in chopped pecans or cashews, pressing the nuts into the surface of the caramel log. Allow to set until completely cool, and firm. To serve, slice the log crosswise, into round discs of caramel, framed by chopped nuts.
Jump to Comments (4)

Tags: candy, caramel, caramel, gift

Comments (4) Questions (2)

Default-small
Default-small
Default-small

over 3 years ago sally1102

How do I store these after making them? I want to send them to my mom for Mother's Day but I don't want them to go bad or melt before they get there.

Bananacakewithtangyvanilla

over 3 years ago cookingintheheights

made these and they were GREAT fun to create and tasted delish. need lots of practice,tho, and work on bettering candy techniques so they don't all droop and stick together (despite liberal use of wax paper between layers...and despite trying to 'arrest' the spread of each piece thru refrigeration.

Beaune_02_april_08_063

over 3 years ago enbe

Just tried them out- my first time making any candy. I think I over cooked them a bit but the recipe is a great starting point for a beginner like me. Thanks :)

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

These sound delicious and easy!! Thanks for the video, too! I might actually overcome my fear of making caramel now. :)