Make some of my granny’s Christmas caramels to delight your friends and neighbors this year! Smooth and chewy, they are a perfect treat!
Whenever I think of Christmas goodies the first thing that pops into my mind is my granny’s Christmas caramels. These things are SO GOOD!!! I’m sure you’ve had homemade caramels before, and they’re always good, but there’s something about these Christmas caramels that is special. I have noticed that they are softer than most homemade caramels. In my mind that’s a good thing, but you may disagree. That’s ok . . . we can still be friends! 😉
I learned how to make these in college and used to make them in bulk for my friends. Now when I make them I am reminded that Christmas caramels are a lot of work (the wrapping of the caramels individually gets a bit mundane!), and I am amazed by how often I used to make these for people. I remember making an ENTIRE BATCH for one friend who helped me set up a desk. Hahaha – I hope he shared with some friends!
When you are making Christmas caramels, it is very important to watch the candy thermometer carefully. I just have a cheap one from Target and it works great. No need for anything fancy. Watch it carefully, and be sure to cook it high enough or the caramels won’t set.
Now on to the recipe! YUM!
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- a few grains of salt
- 1 cup DARK Karo syrup
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Grease 9x13 pan with butter.
- In a large pot, combine butter, sugar, salt, dark Karo syrup, and ONE cup of whipping cream.
- Cook to 230 degrees over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Take the pot off the heat and stir in the remaining cup of whipping cream.
- Return the pot to the heat and cook to 230 degrees again over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Pour into the buttered pan and cool overnight.
- Cup and wrap individually with wax paper.
If you like this recipe then you are sure to love some of our family’s other favorite Christmas recipes: