These creamy caramels are melt-in-your-mouth perfection! This recipe is an old family favorite!! My mom earned many blue ribbons through through the years at our local county fair!


Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins
1 hr
1 hr 20 mins
50 caramels


Original recipe yields 25 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Spray a large loaf pan or 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Stir white sugar, 3/4 cup cream, corn syrup, butter, vinegar, and salt together in a heavy pot; bring to a boil. Stir in remaining cream. Cook, stirring constantly, until caramel is 244 degrees F (117 degrees C), or until a small amount of caramel dropped into cold water forms a firm but pliable ball, 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool briefly.

  • Stir walnuts and vanilla extract into caramel; pour caramel into prepared baking dish. Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Turn baking dish over onto a flat work surface to remove cooled caramel from dish; cut caramel into serving pieces.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute any nut for the chopped walnuts, if desired. Wrap finished caramels in cellophane candy wrappers, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 24.6g 8% DV; fat 10.8g 17% DV; cholesterol 26.1mg 9% DV; sodium 52.3mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Well, what can I say? I am not a sweet eater so I have little to no experience making candy and I messed this recipe up or not depending how you look at it. In my defense, the instructions are not real clear as far as what setting the stove needs to be at while you are getting it up to 244 degrees. I dropped mine down to medium heat but after 20 minutes of constant stirring it was not darkening at all so I bumped the heat up to medium-high. Bottom line is that I ended up with toffee which was my own rookie mistake I am sure. I say mistake but I was informed by the husband that he prefers toffee over caramels and that this was the best "toffee" he had ever had. I plan on trying this again to see if I can get it right . Read More