Vanilla Cream Filled Caramels Bull's Eye Copycat (Gluten-Free)

"Goetze's Bull's Eye caramels are delicious but I haven't eaten one since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease since they contain wheat. I missed them so I started searching for a copycat recipe. I couldn't find one, so I combined a caramel recipe and a cream recipe. The resulting caramels are a lot creamier than authentic Bull's Eyes, but I think are better for it. You'll want a helper for the final stage; it took me around 2.5 hours."
photo by Andrew Mollmann photo by Andrew Mollmann
photo by Andrew Mollmann
photo by Andrew Mollmann photo by Andrew Mollmann
photo by Andrew Mollmann photo by Andrew Mollmann
photo by Andrew Mollmann photo by Andrew Mollmann
Ready In:
4hrs 30mins
100 caramels




  • Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine the cream and condensed milk in a small saucepan and place the saucepan on a burner set to the lowest heat setting. Do not allow to boil, just keep warm.
  • In a medium-large saucepan combine the corn syrup, water, and granulated sugar over medium-high heat.
  • Stir the candy until the sugar dissolves, then use a wet pastry brush to wash down the sides of the pan to prevent sugar crystals from forming and making the candy grainy.
  • Insert a candy thermometer and reduce the heat to medium. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and cook until the thermometer reads 250°F.
  • Add the softened butter and the warm milk-cream mixture. The temperature should decrease about 30°F.
  • Continue to cook the caramel, stirring constantly so that the bottom does not scorch. Cook it until the thermometer reads 244F, and the caramel is a beautiful dark golden brown.
  • Remove the caramel from the heat and immediately pour into the prepared pan. Do not scrape candy from the bottom of the saucepan. Allow the candy to sit overnight to set up and develop a smooth, silky texture.
  • When you are ready to cut the caramel, place a piece of waxed paper on the counter and lift the caramel from the pan using the foil as handles. Flip the top of the caramel onto the waxed paper and peel the foil layer from the bottom of the caramel.
  • Cream Filling:.
  • Dissolve unflavored gelatin in cold water.
  • Set in heat proof cup in pan; Simmer until clear.
  • Let cool.
  • Cream together shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  • Add cooled gelatin and beat for 10 minutes.
  • Here comes the time consuming part. Cut a large amount of wax paper rectangles. Try around 3" x 3", adjusting once you get the hang of it.
  • Take a small piece of caramel, about half of a cubic inch, work into a doughnut shape.
  • Take a small amount of cream filling, about the size of .5" diameter sphere, and press into center of caramel. Dust caramel with powdered sugar. This will prevent the caramel from sticking to the paper and your hands.
  • Shape the caramel into a less flat figure and place into center of wax paper square. Wrap paper around caramel.
  • It will take you a few tries to get the technique down. Don't worry about less than perfectly shaped caramels, just eat them! (My stomach hurt after making these, heh).
  • I ended up with 105 caramels and used about 4/5 of the cream filling. It took me 2.5 hours alone to wrap all of them. I'd recommend enlisting some help.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Arwen in NJ
    Condensed milk- is that sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk?
  2. sawcaw
    What is the center of Carmel creams?


  1. cupkatie
    Thank you so much for this recipe! If you pour the caramel thin, cut it into strips, put a line of filling down the center, roll the caramel around, seal the seam, and slice, I think you'd save a lot of time. Thanks again :)


I'm 22 and have Celiac Disease. I've been eating gluten-free since I was 19. My mother also has Celiac. I've recently discovered the fun of cooking. I work for Duke Energy as a Co-op and am an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.
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