My first memory of caramel chews is going to the candy shop at the mall after playing for hours in the mall’s fun house. My sisters and I got to pick one type of candy that we wanted and I don’t remember what I got but my sister got these caramel chews. They were so delicious that I kept sneaking pieces of candy from her bag. Good days.
I recently got a craving for caramel chews and decided to make my own and since salted caramel is all the craze these days I decided on Salted caramel chews. If you’re not into that you can leave out the salt and make it the original way. It’s still unbelievably tasty and chewy.
YIELD: 40 caramels PREP TIME: 5 minutes COOK TIME: 20 minutes COOLING TIME: 2-3 hours
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper. In a medium-sized saucepan, warm the cream and butter on low heat.
- In another saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and bring it to a boil. Do not stir the mixture once the sugar has dissolved. On medium-low heat, heat the sugar mixture (without stirring) until it reaches 320°F.
- Once the mixture reaches 320°F, remove the saucepan from heat and add the warmed cream and butter. Keep stirring as the sugar will start to smoke and crystallize.
- Put the saucepan back on low heat and bring the mixture to 250°F. Once it reaches 250°F, add the vanilla and salt and stir well. Pour the hot caramel mixture on the parchment paper.
- Let the mixture cool for 2-3 hours. With a sharp greased knife, cut the caramel into bite sized pieces and cover each piece with parchment paper.
Note: The caramels keep good for 2 weeks at room temperature.
VARIATIONS: 1. To make chocolate caramels, add 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder in the cream and butter mixture.
2. To make peppermint caramels, add 4-5 drops of peppermint essence into the caramel.
3. To make chocolate covered caramels, melt dark/milk chocolate in a double boiler. Pour the chocolate over the caramels before cutting it into bite sized pieces.