Folks ask, can you make homemade candy for Holiday gifts easily in a Small Kitchen or RV Galley and get Big Flavors??? The answer is YES. This recipe relies on the use of a microwave oven, a 2 quart microwave safe glass measuring cup and a heat tolerant spatula.
Makes about 150 individual caramels
1 cup or (2cubes) unsalted butter
1 cup unsalted butter (1/2 tsp to coat each of the baking parchment sheets of paper)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 cup Karo light corn syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
t/2 tsp coarse sea salt
- Place a sheet of baking parchment paper on each of 2 – 9″ x 11″ baking pans.
- Lightly coat the top of each parchment paper with 1/2 tsp of softened butter, set aside.
- Place the butter in the 2 quart glass measuring cup, melt on HIGH for 1 minute.
- Add sweetened condensed milk, brown sugars and karo syrup, stir.
- Heat in microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, stir.
- Heat in microwave on HIGH for another 5 minutes, stir.
- Heat in microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes, then stir and do a sample test to check the consistency of the candy to see if it forms a ‘soft ball' when a half a teaspoon of the boiling syrup is added to a cup that is 2/3 full with cold water. Gently move the caramel ‘blob' at the bottom of the cup to see if it holds a soft squishy like ball shape or close to it!
- Heat the caramel again in the microwave as needed using 1 minute intervals, checking the candy consistency as noted in #5.
- Add the vanilla, stir and pour the caramel (semi-liquid) onto the buttered parchment paper on 2 9″ x 11″ baking pans.
- Lightly sprinkle coarse sea salt.
- Let the candy cool. I placed the baking pans on hot pads in the fridge for an hour.
- Lift the parchment paper with the caramels out of the baking dish. Cut the caramels into about 3/4″ x 3/4″ pieces.
- Roll the individual caramels in wax paper and twist the ends to seal each piece of candy. Use wax paper squares that are almost 3″ x 3″ in size for wrapping the candies.
Note: My total microwave times were 5 minutes, plus 5 minutes plus 4 minutes, plus 1 minute.
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