If you've always wanted to try making homemade candy this is a good place to start!
❤️ Why you'll love it
- quick and easy
- rich and buttery
- makes great gifts
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Wrap each, individual piece in waxed paper and twist the ends. Store in a covered container at room temperature, with more waxed paper between the layers.
They'll be fine for 6 months or more.
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I've always enjoyed making candy. I used to make it to give as Christmas presents but lately I have figured out that it's just fun to make for no reason at all.
The problem is always time. By the time I get done with all of my have-to-dos and client work for the day I don't want to spend an hour stirring something on the stove.
These are firm enough that you can dip them in chocolate.
If you do, I'd wait to add the vanilla sea salt until after the chocolate went on. If you are going to eat them as is then I'd twist some waxed paper around them to keep them from hardening up.
📞 The last word
My first experiment at candy making was a long, long time ago.
When I was a kid I was an avid reader. When I was in 5th grade I'd ride my bike to the library, pick up five books, read them, and repeat the process a couple of days later.
Well, my favorites were the Anne of Green Gables books, the Little House on the Prairie books, and everything by Louisa May Alcott I could get my hands on.
I don't remember what book I was reading but the characters had a taffy pull. It sounded like amazing fun - after all, hot sugar syrup? What could go wrong?
This was another time I decided to surprise my mom with my spectacular cooking skills. I did surprise her, too.
There was sticky, sweet glue from one end of her once pristine kitchen to the other.
There was sticky, sweet glue in my hair, on my clothes, and miraculously there were about three pieces of taffy on a plate. Those were the pieces that had actually solidified rather than running everywhere.
After my lengthy period of solitary confinement in my room I decided that taffy was best bought at the beach and brought home in white paper bags.
It's a tradition I have continued to this day.
Anyway - you won't have that problem here, I promise. This quick and easy salted caramel sets up just like it's supposed to.
You'll only use two dishes and a spoon plus measuring cups. You've got this.
However, if you are under the age of 22 I suggest asking your mom if you can try this recipe. Don't risk solitary confinement - it's lonely.
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Quick and Easy Salted Caramels in a MicrowavePrint Save Go to Collections
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- Vanilla Sea Salt for sprinkling
- Spray an 8x8 inch pan with cooking spray or butter it generously.
- In a glass or other microwave safe bow mix all of the ingredients
- Microwave on high for 6 minutes, stirring every 90 seconds or so and watching carefully.
- Pour into the prepared pan.
- Let cool until set, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the vanilla salt crystals over the top. Don't use too much
- Press in gently.
- Let cool completely.
- Cut into small squares.
- Wrap in waxed paper or parchment to keep fresh.
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First published September 23, 2015. Last updated January 16, 2022 for readability and structure.