Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Vanilla [Chocolate] Caramels

  It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me.  I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy.  It might be a main course recipe.  A cookie or baked item.  Candy.  Salads.  Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is VANILLA [CHOCOLATE] CARAMELS

I love caramels.  Homemade caramels are the bomb…and so much easier to make than you would think. This makes a great Christmas gift for friends, family and neighbors. A special treat that only you will give them. Make several batches of each. Your family will snatch up quite a few before you get any into gift tins. 🙂 

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s.  Happy eating!


P.S.  We’re at 53 recipes and counting with this posting.  Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.



[2 pounds]

2 cups sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 cups warm light cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup light corn syrup
½ cup nutmeats
½ tsp. salt

Mix sugar, 1 cup of the cream, corn syrup and salt in large saucepan.  Cook, stirring about 10 minutes.  Add remaining cream very slowly so mixture doesn’t stop boiling.  Cook 5 minutes longer.  Stir in butter, 1 tsp. at a time.  Cook slowly, stirring until 248 degrees registers on candy thermometer.  Remove from heat; add vanilla and nuts and mix gently.  Pour into buttered 8-inch square pan and cool.  Turn out on board, mark off ¾-inch squares and cut.  Wrap in wax paper.


[2 pounds]

Follow recipe above, adding 3-4 oz. (squares) unsweetened chocolate to mixture before cooking.

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