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Here’s a simple recipe for making homemade Caramels:

Simple recipe for making homemade Caramels - from

It’s safe to say that I’m totally addicted to caramels.  I love their buttery flavor and chewy texture.  It’s so hard to eat just one or two!

Simple recipe for making Homemade Caramels - by

Caramels are perfect for gifting during the holidays.  Wrap them in a pretty package with a beautiful “Homemade Caramels” label, and don’t forget to keep a few for yourself!


Yield: 50 caramels

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) salted butter, plus extra for buttering the pan
  • One (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Butter a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add milk, sugar and syrup. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until a candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees F. Take off heat immediately. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour into your prepared pan. Cool in the refrigerator until firm. Pop caramel block onto a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch cubes and wrap each caramel in waxed paper.
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  • Radz wrote:

    I wanted to know what role does the light corn syrup play in the recipe? Can it be substituted with maple syrup/honey or liquid glucose? If then what quantity..?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not really familiar with substitutions for using corn syrup when making caramels. Maybe try Googling around to see if you can find an answer as to whether or not that’s a good idea?

  • firsttimegram wrote:

    this is the exact recipe my gram used all of my life.
    the only thing she did different was crush black walnuts and
    put them in the caramel. (sorry gram i hated the nuts and
    they never go in my ) my kids love them though!