This is a favorite Christmas candy in my family. The cranberry caramels are a little tart with the sweet and you can really taste the butter in the pineapple caramels.

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
45
Yield:
45 1-inch squares
Advertisement

Ingredients

45
Original recipe yields 45 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

    Advertisement
  • Combine cranberries, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a heavy, large saucepan; bring to a boil. Heat to 245 degrees F (118 degrees C) or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Gradually stir cream and butter into cranberry mixture, keeping the boil steady. Cook until 245 degrees F (118 degrees C) is reached again, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Cool caramel in pan on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Remove caramel from pan, cut, and wrap individually or serve from pan.

Cook's Note:

For pineapple caramels, drain one 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple. Blend in a blender until pureed and use in place of cranberries.

Recipe can be doubled and put in a 9x13-inch pan.

Nutrition Facts

57 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 10.4g 3% DV; fat 2g 3% DV; cholesterol 6.3mg 2% DV; sodium 25.8mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (2)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2013
The cranberry caramels are a little softer than the pineapple ones. Roll the cooled cranberry caramels into balls and chocolate dip them. They make a wonderful soft center chocolate! Read More
(5)
2 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2013
The cranberry caramels are a little softer than the pineapple ones. Roll the cooled cranberry caramels into balls and chocolate dip them. They make a wonderful soft center chocolate! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2015
I made the cranberry and the pineapple caramels for Christmas last year and my family loved them. Made the pineapple this summer. My grandson in the Navy has requested a care package of these caramels. Read More