Classic Caramels


Classic Caramels

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Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth caramels are addictive during the holidays, especially when they're homemade. Gather a few kitchen staples and a candy thermometer, and follow our easy steps for candy-making success.

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 48
Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
6 tbsp.Hy-Vee salted butter
1 ¼ c.Hy-Vee granulated sugar
1 c.Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
2 c.Hy-Vee heavy whipping cream
1 ¼ c.Hy-Vee light corn syrup
1 tsp.Hy-Vee vanilla extract
Optional Toppings
¼ c.whole almonds
¼ c.pistachios, shelled and chopped
3 pinch(es)Hy-Vee cayenne pepper

Things To Grab

  • 9x9-inch baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • 3-quart heavy saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Calibrated candy thermometer


  1. Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, extending parchment paper over edges of pan. Lightly coat parchment with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    If desired, sprinkle almonds, pistachios, and cayenne pepper onto the bottom of the 9x9-inch pan over the parchment paper. The nuts will add an amazing crunch and nutty flavor while the cayenne brings a warm heat.
    Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine
  2. Place butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Melt butter over low heat. Stir in granulated sugar, brown sugar, cream, and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until just combined; stirring occasionally until mixture comes to boiling.

  3. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at moderate, steady rate for 45 to 60 minutes or until the thermometer registers 248 degrees (firm-ball stage), stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan. Let stand 2 hours or until firm.

  5. Lift uncut caramels out of pan. Use a buttered knife to cut into 1x1-1/2-inch pieces. Wrap each piece in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition facts


100 Calories per serving
1 caramel

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Protein: 0g

Daily Values

Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 0%
Calcium 0%

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Seasons December 2017