Delicious Caramel Candy Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Delicious Caramel Candy Recipe – Step by Step Guide: This soft and chewy homemade caramel candy recipe are a treat you’ll reach for again and again. This simple candy recipe is great for giving to family and friends.


2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups light Karo syrup
¼ teaspoon table or fine salt
2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream , at room temperature
½ cup salted butter , cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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  1. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or liberally grease and put aside so it is ready. Fill a small glass with ice water.
  2. In a large, stainless steel pot, whisk together the sugar, Karo syrup, and salt over medium-high heat until bubbling the sugar has dissolved. In a very slow trickle, whisk in the cream, being careful not to stop boiling. Whisk in the butter.
  3. Whisking constantly, keep the mixture at a boil 15 to 20 minutes, or until the temperature on a candy thermometer reads 240°F to 245°F (firm ball stage). To be certain the caramel is ready, drizzle 1 teaspoon into the ice water.
  4. Roll it between your fingers and if it forms a firm (yet pliable and little sticky) ball, it’s ready. If it’s still liquid, keep boiling and whisking.
  5. Immediately remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Then pour into the baking dish. Don’t let it overcook or the caramels will be too hard. Let sit on the counter to cool and until set. Usually, I will make in the evening and let sit overnight.
  6. Once set, use a buttered or plastic knife to cut into 12 vertical rows, Cut 4 caramels from each row. Cut wax paper into 3×6-inch squares and then wrap the caramel inside. Caramels will stay soft for 2 to 3 weeks.


Q1. Why did my caramel candy turn out hard?
If you overcook the caramels or the pan gets too hot, they can become hard. Keep a close eye on the caramel to make sure it doesn’t burn or overcook.
Q2. How do you keep caramels soft? 
Make sure to wrap the homemade caramels in wax paper and store them in a covered container.
Q3. How do you fix hard caramels?
If your caramels become too hard, you can try placing them back in the saucepan and add a few Tablespoons of water and stir until the temperature reads 244°F.
Q4. Why are my homemade caramels too soft?
If they are too soft, then the mixture didn’t get hot enough. Place the mixture back in the saucepan with a 2 Tablespoons of water and cook until it reach 244°F.
Q5. How long does homemade caramel candy last?
Wrapped caramels will stay soft in a covered containers at room temperature for about 2 weeks.
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2 thoughts on “Delicious Caramel Candy Recipe – Step by Step Guide”

  1. I had a caramel recipe come up on my news feed and made with sweetened cond milk…it turned into oreo.balls and I could never get the complete recipe…it just cycled over and over…I went to your website and found caramel recipe but made with whipping cream…how can I get the s c milk recipe…? I bet I’ll never hear from you…


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