Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea "Homemade Caramels"

In a large, heavy pan, mix together...
       4 cups sugar
       1/2 pound butter
       2 cups white corn syrup
Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil.

Add 2 tall cans evaporated milk a little at a time so that the mixture never stops boiling.  Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture reaches the firm ball stage.  Leave slightly chewy, but not as firm as the finished product.  It will firm up a bit as it cools.

Remove from heat and add 2 tsp. vanilla and 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.  Nuts are optional.

Pour into a buttered 9x12 pan.  When cool, cut and wrap in wax paper.

For caramel apples, do not add nuts.  Stir in the vanilla and dip prepared apples into the hot caramel mixture.  Turn to cover apple and let excess drip off into pan.  Let it rest on wax paper or buttered foil until set up.  Enjoy!

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