There’s almost nothing I hate more than doing homework all day long on Sundays, especially if it involves writing large papers about math that I don’t understand. Which, unfortunately, is what I had to do this weekend. Talk about combining two horrible things: paper writing, and math. Bleh. Just thinking about it makes me sad.
I soon discovered that after about two hours of it, there was absolutely no way that I could continue without shooting myself. I needed a break. And what a better way to take a break from homework than making candy!
I found a recipe for soft caramels on the blog, Oh So Delicioso, and it only had five ingredients-easy enough. However, I soon discovered that I literally had none of those ingredients. Oh, well, delay homework even longer with a trip to the store!
I only grabbed a basket when I got there to make sure that I left with ONLY the five ingredients I needed. I have a problem where when I go to grocery stores, I impulse buy way more than I need…and this time was no different. I was practically dragging the basket on the ground by the time I checked out. Oops…
Anyways, here’s the recipe:
1 can sweet condensed milk
2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
½ tsp. salt
1½ c. white corn syrup
Before starting, butter a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
Add all of the ingredients to a medium sized saucepan, and stir constantly over medium heat. The recipe said to continue to stir until it reached 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, but I don’t have one of those, so I just let it cook until it turned a nice caramel color.
Once the caramel is ready, pour it into the baking dish and set aside to cool. Now, let mine completely cool before trying to cut it, and had a hell of a time. I ended up having to have a cup of super hot water to soak my knife in, in-between cutting because it was so hard. So, I suggest cutting it before it gets too solid.
I ended up transferring the caramel to a wax paper lined cookie sheet and cut it on there. So, cut strips of the caramel and then dice that into cubes, and wrap in pieces of wax paper. Probably the hardest part of this recipe is the individual wrapping, and it’s mainly just super time consuming—but so worth it in the end.
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.