Monday, December 16, 2013

Easy Microwave Caramels

I love making holiday treats, but I've always been a little intimidated when it comes to candy making. I especially enjoy caramels at Christmas, but after a few failed attempts at making them, I gave up. That was, until a few years ago, when I discovered a delicious and simple recipe for microwave caramels! We just made a batch of these today and they turned out perfect, just like they do every time!



Microwave Caramels

1 c. butter
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light karo corn syrup
1 - 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Generously butter a 9x13 inch pan and set aside. In a large microwave safe bowl melt butter. Add all the remaining ingredients except the vanilla and mix well. Microwave on full power for 4-5 minutes. Remove from microwave and whisk. Microwave on high for another 4-5 minutes. Whisk again. Microwave an additional 4-5 minutes. Whisk while adding the vanilla. Pour the caramel mixture into the 9x13 inch pan. Let cool for 1 - 2 hours. Using a knife, cut into bite size portions and wrap in wax paper. Keep refrigerated.

Like I said, they've turn out perfectly for me every time!! It always surprises me when they do, given my track record with making these tasty treats. I think the trick is to take them out of the microwave and stir thoroughly every 4-5 minutes.  If I can make them, then you know this has to be a foolproof recipe! ;) :) Take it from me, a candy making novice, these caramels are easy and delicious!


Rebecca Cooper

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20 comments:

  1. I have to try these! They look super simple!

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  2. This sounds wonderful, not sure if I know what karo syrup is though, can you explain please? Thanks.

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    1. Karo is just a brand of corn syrup @Tracye Weir. :)

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  3. sam b9:18 PM

    Just to clarify so I don't mess these up - do you add the vanilla with the rest of the ingredients like you said at the beginning or after their third and final run through the microwave?

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    1. No, you wait and add the vanilla at the very end. :)

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  4. I just made a batch of these.. I also popped some popcorn and used a few spoonfuls of the carmel for the popcorn and then put the rest in a pan to cool.. Delicious!!

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  5. It seems to be wonderfull!!! I would like to try these but can you tell me what "1 - 14oz can sweetened condensed milk" mean? can you tell in gramms please?
    thank you so much for the recipe!

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    1. Anonymous7:30 PM

      It is 397 grams

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    2. Anonymous8:53 PM

      1oz=28g..... 14oz×28=392g

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    3. Charlotte1:55 AM

      14 oz means 14 ounces. So you need one can with 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk in it. Sweetened condensed milk is a concentrated milk, that kind of resembles coffee creamer (called coffee milk in some countries). It has been sweetened with LOTS of sugar, and is thicker than regular milk. A well-known brand in the United States is "Eagle." Good luck!

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  6. I think you have just spurred me on to start my baking…My daughter LOVES these and we can never get them just right…We have to try this…today! Thanks so much pinning this for sure! ~God bless~~

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  7. I love easy and I'm going to try these!

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  8. These are so easy, but I have a quick questions. I made them yesterday cooled them, then put them in the fridge, but even out of the fridge for more than 5 minutes they start to melt is that normal? They are still super yummy, just not very pretty. :-)

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  9. Do you know how powerful your microwave is? 1000w? 1100w?

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  10. cheryl9:21 PM

    these will be great dipped in chocolate. I'm going to try these tomorrow.

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  11. SO easy! Great for gifts this Christmas! Were so easy! Oh, Did I say they were EASY!!!?

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  12. So easy!! Made these twice over Christmas break! These were easier, much easier than I thought and everyone liked them, which is a risk with some of the PINTEREST/blog recipes!!

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  13. Brenda Perry11:56 AM

    My aunt makes these all the time & they are so Delicious, can't wait to try making these myself. Thank You for sharing your recipe.

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  14. I made a batch of this, only I used one cup of brown sugar and one cup of white sugar. It would only be better with 2 cups of brown sugar. The flavor of these caramels is amazing!

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