I love caramels! No, let me rephrase that. I LOVE CARAMELS!!!! This is an amazing recipe done super quickly without specialty equipment. And, literally 6 minutes! I worked with someone who made caramels each year to give as Christmas gifts. They were amazing. It would take her several days, she needed a few extra helpers and it generated a lot of stress. I brought a few of these into work for a taste test and most people couldn’t choose the high maintenance one over my 5 ingredient caramels. So, hmmm, what a decision, easy or hard?
I’ve been making these for several years now and I have never had a batch fail. In 2 hours you can make enough batches to give all your friends a gift bag. I do give everyone the sticky warning. They are so tempting to chew, but I really wouldn’t. They are seriously sticky. In my opinion, they are worth losing a crown, but chew at your own risk.
My other favorite thing is clean up. Basically everything you need is in the measuring cup I have pictured. You are going to want to buy me a beverage after you make these, and out of the goodness of my heart, I will let you. Enjoy, my fellow caramel lovers.
¼ cup butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup light Karo syrup
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
Combine all ingredients in an 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Cook for 6 minutes in the microwave, stirring well every 2 minutes. Pour onto a well-buttered plate. Cool. Roll in waxed paper and chill. Makes approximately 36 pieces.
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I pour onto a buttered plate. When coolish, I make a log on greased waxed paper and then cool completely in the refrigerator. When totally cool, slice into 3/8 inch slices and wrap individually in 6 inch squares of waxed paper.
Damn fine for only 6 minutes. I’d put it up against any other recipe that needs a candy thermometer and lots of stove top cooking.
They look ever so festive in their little wrappers.
I occasionally like them sprinkled with a little kosher salt.
Be careful….the first time Greg tried one it pulled off a crown. These are good and sticky. Also, the mixture is incredibly hot; I don’t have little helpers when I make these.
and remember: Speak the truth even if your voice shakes. Big kiss, Lynn