One Great Recipe ~ Caramels

'Tis the season for Caramel Apples! I found this wonderful recipe a few years ago when I was hosting the Martha Stewart Good Things group at Barnes & Noble. It is easy to make and oh sooo yummy! You can dip your apples in it for Caramel Apples or just make it into individual Caramels. Add some chopped nuts to the finished hot caramel for Nut Caramels or add a little black food coloring and some anise oil for Halloween Black Licorice Flavored Caramels. You can even roll your caramels in crushed candy canes, chopped nuts or sprinkles! Be creative!

Microwave Caramels
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 can sweeten condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a microwavable glass bowl -use large bowl 4 quart bowl to allow for boiling. Microwave 2 minutes and stir continue to microwave for 16-20 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave) stirring every 2 minutes. Careful the caramel will be very hot! Have a bowl for ice water on hand in case of burn. Add vanilla-nuts or black food coloring & anise oil( in place of vanilla)to fully cooked caramel. Maybe even add some crushed candy canes! Caution vanilla & anise will make the caramal mixture boil up a bit. For caramel apples dip apples in caramel allow extra caramel to run off. Then dip bottoms of caramel apples in chopped nuts, crushed cinnamon grahman crackers or what ever suits your fancy! For caramel candies pour hot caramel in butter 9X13 pan and cool completely. Cut in to pieces and wrap in wax paper squares.

~Chill your apples to help prevent caramel from running off your apples
~Use hot pads when you handle the bowl it will be hot!
~ Cut squares of vellum paper to place under your finished Caramel Apples

Ribbon: The ribbon in the picture is by American Crafts & May Arts. It can be found at your local scrapbook supply store.

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