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Homemade Caramel Recipes

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Whether you like them soft and gooey or in firm chewy squares, caramels are delicious. Rather than buying commercial candies or expensive gourmet varieties you can make these confections at home. This page contains recipes for homemade caramels.


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September 21, 2011

Sweet, sticky caramels are such a treat. This is a simple recipe to make them at home. Homemade caramels would make a delicious gift for someone special!



Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add brown sugar and salt. Stir until completely combined. Stir in corn syrup and mix well. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly.

Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until caramel reaches the firm ball stage, at 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla. Pour into a buttered 8x8 glass pan.

Allow to cool and then cut into squares. You may find that scissors work well for this. Wrap each caramel in a piece of wax paper, twisting the ends to secure. Enjoy!

Makes about 2 1/2 pounds

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December 18, 2008

Great for making at Christmas!



In heavy duty 3 or 4 qt. pan, combine all ingredients except vanilla. Mix and stir constantly until 248 degrees F (Use candy thermometer). Once it boils, turn heat down a little, but keep it boiling. Then add vanilla and pour into buttered oblong glass pan; let cool. While it is still slightly warm in center, remove from pan onto a cutting board. Use a spatula to loosen sides from pan and help it let go of the dish. Lay out on board and cut strips off 3/4 inch and then into 3/4 inch size squares. Wrap each piece in wax paper.

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May 9, 2007


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Melt butter and sugar. Add salt and corn syrup. Slowly add milk. Heat to 245 degrees F (or hard ball stage). Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into greased 9x9 inch pan. Cut into squares when cool and wrap each piece in plastic wrap.

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November 13, 2006


  • 1 lb. brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Mix together all ingredients except vanilla; bring to a boil. Cook to 234-240 degrees F on candy thermometer, stirring all the time. Add vanilla and pour in a greased pan. When cool, cut in squares. Coat with chocolate or just wrap in waxed paper.

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December 7, 2011

Great Valentine's candy! Love homemade caramels!

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September 28, 2011

Consider adding some spice to your caramel candies. Infuse your cream and butter mixture with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, cloves, or anise. I like to add a bit of rum extract during the holidays.


By Dawn from Pamplin, VA

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April 6, 20170 found this helpful

The flavor of caramel complements so many other food items, as well as makes a tasty treat on its own. This page will show you how to make either a soft or hard caramel candy. This is a page about making homemade caramel.

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