Perfect Caramels

 

caramel

Determine never to be idle.  No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any.  It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.  –Thomas Jefferson

My friend Paula C. brought me this treat at Christmas time and these caramels are fabulous!  This is her mother’s recipe:

2 ½ cups sugar
2 cups white Karo syrup
3 cups whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 T. vanilla
4 cups walnuts (optional)
½ can sweetened condensed milk

Boil sugar, syrup and salt together for about 10 min in a heavy saucepan.  Heat cream and condensed milk together in another pan.  Do not allow cream to boil, but keep warm.

Add cream mixture slowly to boiling syrup, a few Tbl at a time, but do not allow the mixture to stop boiling.  Stir constantly, after 20 min of cooking, turn heat off under cream. Cook to 232 degrees. Add vanilla and nuts. Pour into buttered pan. Two 9×9 pans are good, or a 9×13 pan. Put in cool place. Let set overnight. Cut into squares and wrap in saran wrap, or dip in chocolate first.

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