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Holiday Caramels

Easy, quick and delicious homemade caramels for a special holiday or just because!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48



  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup light karo syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 lb semi-sweet chocolate
  • 8 oz toasted nuts optional


  • Place all caramel ingredients in heavy, non-stick pan.  It's better to use a wider pan so the caramel doesn't burn at the bottom while you wait for it to simmer.  Non-stick is crucial!
  • Bring to a consistent and strong simmer (NOT a rolling boil). Stir occasionally to be sure the bottom of the pan isn't burning!
  • Once simmering, cook exactly 12 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Pour into greased and foil lined 8 x 11 pan.
  • Cool + refrigerate until solid.  Cut into rectangles.
  • Dip in melted semi-sweet chocolate (follow melting instructions on packaging) and top with toasted nut (pecan, almond, walnut- all optional!).  Store in refrigerator- keeps for up to 6 months!
Keyword Caramel