Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a recipe that me and my husband make every christmas and give these away as gifts. Everybody now eagerly awaits their caramels.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and salt.
  3. Blend in corn syrup and milk, stirring constantly.
  4. Cook and stir over medium heat to 245 degrees on candy thermometer.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Pour into greased 9 inch square pan.
  7. Cool thoroughly.
  8. Cut into small squares and wrap in waxed paper.


Most Helpful

Just made two batches for Christmas gifts. I sprinkled sea salt on the caramels after pouring and before cutting. So good! I also wrapped in parchment paper because it seems to stay wrapped better. A new holiday tradition!

palm715 December 18, 2009

This is one of my all time favorites- I've been making them for years. We make batches and batches of these every Christmas. A small bag of these has become our traditional gift to the kids' teachers and they are eagerly awaited by everyone each year. Quick tip: 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar is 1 pound.

ktdid January 23, 2005

Excellent! First time making any caramels, and it didn't fail me! Made a pan half sea salt and half pecan! This recipe made so much, I had to send a box to work with my husband!

ShaunaHanners September 23, 2013

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