Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

If you love caramel candies, this recipe will be like heaven to you! It is soft and wonderful. I use it to make homemade turtles candy, but you can use it to make anything you want. It is EXCELLENT!! Note: I like to use a metal spatula to stir with so it helps keep it from burning.


  1. Melt butter in a heavy 3 quart sauce pan.
  2. Add sugar and salt.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Now stir in corn syrup.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Add sweetened condensed milk, stirring constantly.
  7. Cook and stir over medium heat and heat to firm ball stage (245 degrees), about 12 to 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  9. Pour into a 9x9x2 buttered pan; cool, cut into squares (or make turtles by arranging two pecan halves on a buttered sheet of waxed paper and spooning a little caramel on top of the pecans, let cool, then spooning a little melted milk chocolate on top).
  10. Enjoy when cooled.
Most Helpful

This is one of my favorite recipes!!! I can't stop eating them. These are a sugary addiction you cannot resist, plain or dipped! It's nice and chewy, which sadly makes it hard to cut. Could be made in a slightly larger pan, this fills up fairly high and takes a long time to set up. Couldn't find a 15 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces works perfectly. I will definitely be making this many times more. THANK YOU michEgan!!!!

lpoffen January 08, 2009

A bazillion stars for Caramel Gold. *smack me, because...* I can't believe I haven't written a review for this FABULOUS, PERFECT carmel recipe, yet. I've been using this recipe, exclusively, since 2004. This is the best. No question. I make it every year for Christmas and do all sorts of different things with it. It's my family's favorite caramel, ever! I apologize for not giving you the accolades you deserve, years ago. *blush* Thank you so much for sharing, michEgan.

Piper Lee March 08, 2011

We loved this, especially my dh. We ate it all before I could try to make the turtles. But I am looking forward to making them in the future. Thanks so much for sharing.

Feej January 29, 2010