Caramels has always been one of my absolutely favorite candies. Coat it in chocolate, and you have absolute heaven in your mouth. Recently hubby and I have been trying to cut out refined sugars, so that means I had to figure out a way to make homemade caramels without corn syrup if I wanted to be able to have a sweet treat at home. Otherwise, I might just revert to my Milky Way habit.Homemade Caramels
Caramels are pretty easy to make. The hardest part is having a little bit of patience and timing when to turn the heat down. The thing with this yummy candy is that they go from yummy gooey sweetness to hard candy in a matter of minutes. Get it too hot, and you’ve just made your first batch of caramel hard candy (which is still super yummy by the way)
Whatever happens when you make your caramel, keep trying and enjoy them! My youngest daughter and I made these handmade caramels side by side in the kitchen. Bayla is becoming quite the sous chef. She made her own special batch of dairy free caramels, so this recipe is very easily converted to an allergy friendly candy for kids as well. (Conversions or located in the recipe)
Next time you are craving a sweet treat, roll up your sleeves and take sometime to treat yourself in the kitchen. It’s nice every once in a while to slow down and enjoy how things used to be. You might just find that you prefer your hand made goodies to the ones you buy in the stores, plus they make great gifts ideas too!Print
These mouthwatering caramels are a perfect sweet treat or homemade gift
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Desserts
- 1 cup unsalted butter (use Earth Balance Soy Free Spread for allergy friendly version)
- 1 c brown sugar
- ½ c honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- ½ t baking soda
- ¼ t salt
- Candy Themometer
- In a sauce pot, melt butter, honey, vanilla, and brown sugar on med. high until melted. (Stirring constanty)
- Once melted reduce heat to medium or low and cook until candy hits 215-220 F.
- Turn heat on lowest possible and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. This will help raise the temperature to somewhere between 230-250.
- Remove from heat and add salt and baking soda. Stirring constantly.
- Quickly poor in a GREASED baking dish and allow to cool.
- Once cool, cut in small rectangles, and wrap in small squares of wax paper.
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