Monday Menu ~ The Caramel Story

Once upon a time there was a girl who fell in love with sea salt caramels from the local bakery & coffee shop but alas the cost was high and she had to hide them when her children came around. Yes, hide the candies from the kids!

She dreamt that one day she would be able to make caramels that were soft, sweet, and with a bit of saltiness that more delicious than anything anyone had ever tasted.

So she set out on a journey to find the perfect recipe and craft the best caramels. She searched high and low and finally settled on a recipe that Google had led her to. But the directions were lacking….. so she searched some more and finally came up with what she thought was the perfect recipe.

The caramels were a success! Not perfect though but definitely a place to start at and work towards perfection.

Sea Salt Caramels ~ Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 lb bag of brown sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 can (15 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Sea salt
Method
Melt the butter in heavy 3 qt saucepan, add in the brown sugar and salt stirring until thoroughly combined. Blend in corn syrup and gradually add in the sweetened condensed milk.
stirring the caramel
Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes to a boil.
caramel boiling
Once mixture comes to a boil, attach candy thermometer and stop stirring and let it cook until it reaches 250 degrees.
caramel at 250 degrees
Remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then sprinkle with sea salt.
Sea Salt Caramel
Cool for several hours and cut into small pieces and wrap in wax paper. If you want to add a little something more to your caramels cool for several hours and then top with chocolate. Enjoy!
Now the hunt does not end here… because another recipe was found. One that looked like it could be the ‘one’. She happened upon a recipe by David Lebovitz for Salted Butter Caramels that looked like they were exactly what she was looking for… it was like the good faeries were there guiding her in the right direction.
Have you made caramels before?  Did they turn out how you wanted?
You know what… now that I think about it for a moment maybe it was the Faerie Hobmother who was guiding her along!! The Fairy Hobmother also led to her to the great Faerie Overlords website too… OH My!! There are so many things there to help with the making of caramel and everything else sweet & delicious!
The girl was so happy and thanked the Faerie Hobmother who ever so kindly gifted her with a $50 gift card to Amazon! Oh the books she can buy for her Kindle!
Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Faerie Hobmother came to visit you? Silly question… if you comment you have the chance of being visited too!
The End.
11 Responses to Monday Menu ~ The Caramel Story
  1. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    April 9, 2012 | 8:28 am

    Now I desperately want to make and/or eat caramels. YUMMY!

    I had the Fairy Hobmother visit me once too. Awesome!

    • Jackie
      April 9, 2012 | 3:40 pm

      I like eating them! Making them is pretty fun to though…. except wrapping each one…. that kinda sucks.

  2. Mrs. Weber
    April 9, 2012 | 10:18 am

    I have never made caramels…Is it sad that I’m scared? I know it’s a lot of stirring and I am easily distracted ;)

    Fairy Hobmother??? Sounds awesome! Visit me, PLEASE!

    • Jackie
      April 9, 2012 | 3:39 pm

      They really don’t take that long to make! Try it while Little K is asleep.

  3. Jill
    April 9, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Look delish!

    • Jackie
      April 9, 2012 | 3:39 pm

      They are amazing! Try them!

  4. Julie
    April 9, 2012 | 9:33 pm

    I am craving caramels like mad now. GREAT. :)

  5. Galit Breen
    April 9, 2012 | 11:25 pm

    Oh my, yum!

    Also? This must make your house smell DIVINE!!

  6. Eve
    April 10, 2012 | 10:10 am

    That looks amazing, Jackie! I am so impressed. I’m not a huge fan of caramel, but I do enjoy a tiny piece that’s salted. I’m afraid that if I make it though, my hubby will expect it more often! LOL

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