Can you believe Christmas is nearly here?? I can't! November just flew by for us! This weekend we will be putting together our plates of holiday treats for friends and neighbors, so next week will be full of Christmas goodies for all of you, my wonderful readers! A few tried and true, and a few brand new! I have to share this one first, because it is a must try. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law, and it is one of The Geologist's two favorite Christmas treats. I've been seeing sweetened condensed milk caramels all over Pinterest, and I have tasted both, and no offense, but there is no contest. You just can't replace real butter and cream!! They're basically God's gift to candy!
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup dark Karo (corn) syrup
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
candy thermometer (if you don't have one, you can find one at your local grocery store, or Walmart/Target. They aren't expensive!)
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into tablespoon-chunks
Butter a 9x13 baking dish WELL. (You can line it with waxed paper too, if you'd like) Set aside.
Combine 1/2 cup butter, Karo, 1 cup of cream, sugar, and vanilla in a large saucepan. (You may think there is too little mixture for such a big pot, but it bubbles up HIGH!) Bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Continue boiling until mixture reaches 232 degrees (soft ball).
If you've buttered your dish well, they shouldn't be difficult to get out at ALL.
Hooray! You have now made rich, luscious, chewy, delicious caramel! Everyone will be impressed, I promise!
They have just the right texture, no grainy crystallization or plain brown sugar taste. Just buttery, decadent, classic caramel wonderfulness. Like store-bought, but better! I hope you try these, they're a holiday staple around here. Even though it takes a little while, it's really not difficult!
What are some of your favorite holiday-sharing treats?