Yum, ugh, yum, ugh...

The other night, I totally ignored my long to-do list and decided to do something I have been wanting to try for ages. Make caramels! I admit that until recently I had a) never tasted a fancy caramel - it was those kraft squares or bust and b) didn't even realize I could make them at home. I thought they might be a good candidate for my Christmas mailing this year so why not give them a trial run?

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The ingredient list is a bit scary - butter, corn syrup, brown sugar. Yes, you are getting fatter just looking at this post! I had fully planned on sharing the recipe and how I made them but I didn't get it quite right and they are too soft even though I boiled until the hard candy temp. I'll have to try anothe recipe.

And despite their issues, OMG - they are so delicious! I can't stop eating them. Ugh, yum, ugh, yum. So in other words: DO NOT MAKE CARAMELS. You will so regret it.

23 comments:

  1. They sure look delicious, I´d not be able to stop stuffing myself if I had those in arms length! :-)

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  2. Helloloverofbeautifulthings9:10 AM

    Do you mind sharing the recipe you used? I love fresh soft caramel!

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  3. I like the sound of too soft caramels! Could you rebrand them as fudge?! There's nothing quite like rebranding to give a mistake the wow-factor!!

    Sarahx

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  4. Jordan@the2seasons9:47 AM

    What a cute Christmas idea and these sound amazing.

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  5. This post made me LOL!! Those look so good...

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  6. Ooh if those are terrible you best not add orange zest or sea salt to them! Looks delicious! How did you cut them into such neat squares?

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  7. Baking can always lead to such love/hate relationships. I think you've done a great first time job. Let us know how it goes!
    xoxo

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  8. MrsLimestone12:08 PM

    I wouldn't recommend the recipe because they really are too soft and sticky but it was as follows:
    Mix 1 pound brown sugar, 2 sticks butter, 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup corn syrup and a little salt into a pot and boil until it reaches 250 degrees. Pour in parchment lined pan and let set.

    Once I figure out a better recipe, Ill post it here.

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  9. You lost me at caramel.  In this house it's all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!

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  10. Those look heavenly!

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  11. please share soon they look oh so yummy

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  12. I'm really, really glad I'm feeling too lazy right now to cook anything. These look dangerously delicious. Caramel beats chocolate in my eyes!

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  13. Sfitzg3:49 PM

    My mouth is watering just looking at the pic! 

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  14. MrsLimestone3:56 PM

    I used one of those wheeled pizza cutters. Still not that neat but better than a knife.

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  15. Erica Warren4:41 PM

    They look so yummy. Can't wait to see if you have more success with another recipe!

    Erica from Feasting on Life

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  16. Erica Warren4:41 PM

    Those look so yummy. Can't wait to see if you have better success with another recipe.

    Erica from Feasting on Life

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  17. Joanne B.6:27 PM

    please find us another recipe to share!  And what ever the recipe says, I already know I will sprinkle some sea salt on top!  Had some caramels this summer in Rehoboth Beach< DE. with sea salt on top and they were to die for!  That mix of sugar and salt gets me evry time! 

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  18. The recipe might be right!  Before switching recipes, try testing your candy thermometer.  Water boils at 212 degrees F (100 degrees C).  So boil some water, add a thermometer and watch closely.  Not only will you know if your thermometer is "off", but you will also know by how much.  I got an expensive one and it was off by 2 degrees.  My kids caramels were too soft - with all recipes - until I figured out it was the thermometer.  Good Luck!

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  19. MrsLimestone7:43 PM

    Thanks Anne. I did calibrate my thermometer this way so I'm sure it got to 250. Maybe if I went to 255?

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  20. These look sooooo good , but I would know I would eat every one - yum!!

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  21. Pvedesign.com6:10 AM

    How does one get added to your Christmas Mailing list.
    Tampering with mail is a federal offense, right....I can hear my lawyer now telling the judge....declaring me mentally insane all over a caramel addiction.
    Seriously, caramel is one of my faves.
    pve

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  22. Deanna (Silly Goose Farm)1:46 AM

    That's what I'm doing for Christmas, as well!

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  23. MrsLimestone9:36 AM

    Oh really? You'll have to share with me how you are packaging them. I can't seem to wrap them properly to save my life. Help!

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