Saturday, February 23, 2008

Christmas Caramels

mmmmm, it took about 3 tries but I finally got this down - candy thermometer is a necessity! ( i know Christmas is over, but I'm trying to get all my recipes in so just deal with it!!! there will probably be random holiday things thrown in here and there... :)

2 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
3/4 c. light corn syrup
2 c. heavy whip cream
1/8 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1/2-3/4 c. chopped nuts ( i used walnuts)

Combine sugar, syrup, salt, butter, and 1 cup of cream in a large saucepan (important to use a large one because when this boils it expands and it is really hot!) Stir constantly until mixture comes to a full boil - then gradually add rest of cream making sure mixture doesn't stop boiling. cook to "hard ball stage" or 250 degrees on candy thermometer. ***(if you would like them to be chewier only cook until 234 degrees - play with it and see what you like!) Remove from heat and stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into buttered 8 inch square pan. Let cool and enjoy! ( you can share with your neighbors if you're in the Christmas mood.... :)

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