Friday, January 29, 2010

Chewy Caramel

2 cups butter or margarine

2 lb. light brown sugar

2 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

2 cup light corn syrup

1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Heat to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Cook for 2 minutes at that temperature. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

2. Meanwhile, butter a large deep cookie sheet (commercial size is best).  When the caramel is ready, pour it into the buttered pan. Allow to cool completely at room temperature. Remove from the pan and cut into squares using scissors. Wrap individual pieces in waxed paper or cellophane.

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