Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Making caramel candy has been on my list for quite some time.  Finally, crossed it off today.  Such a tasty treat! It seemed like it was fitting to make this candy since Halloween is right around the candy.  Simple and easy definitely applies to making caramel candy.  Just follow the simple steps below.  Some people make this recipe in two steps.  I like quick and easy so this recipe combines everything in one pot.

Ingredients and Items Needed:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light syrup
  • 12 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • hot water and pastry brush
  • candy thermometer


Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Using a nonstick pot, pour in sugar.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Pour corn syrup in with the sugar.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Pour in sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Add heavy whipping cream to pot.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Lastly, put in unsalted butter.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Turn on low to low medium heat.  Let ingredients melt. Stir all ingredients together. Let the mixture come to a boil.  It will start to boil up.  Insert candy thermometer. Continue to stir lightly. If it boils up high and leave sugar residue around sides of pot, use hot water and a brush to brush it down toward the mixture.  Let the mixture boil until it turns a nice caramel color and the candy thermometer reaches 250. (I let the mixture boil around 20minute.) It will depend on your stove and the color of candy you desire.  Take off stove and stir in vanilla extract.  I must confess that I forgot to put in the vanilla extract and had to stir it in when I poured it into pan with aluminum foil.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Spray aluminum foil with cooking spray ahead of time.  Place inside of a pan.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Pour in caramel after removing from stove.  Let cool until it sets.  I actually had something to do so I left my caramel setting overnight.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

After pouring in pan, I forgot vanilla extract and stirred it into the mixture.  Gave it this really smooth look.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Remove aluminum foil from pan. I found the best way to cut the candy is to first transfer the candy to wax paper.  Remove aluminum foil. It won’t stick as easily on the wax paper when cutting.

Spray aluminum foil with cooking spray ahead of time.

Use a pizza cutter and slice into small squares.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

Wrap candy into wax paper.  Caramel candy will lose the square shapes unless wrapped in wax paper.

Homemade Soft Caramel Candy

For a festive look, tie some type of ribbons or strings around ends and put in a container.  Would make a wonderful gift….

Update: This delicious candy works best if put in refrigerator to store.  It is so much easier to remove from wrapping.



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  1. what a great recipe!!

  2. Ual. fiz essa receita aqui, e ficou perfeito!! Muito Obrigada

  3. My father inherited the addiction to sweet milk and so from an early age, my ice cream always had caramel sauce … that’s right, no chocolate or strawberry, what I really liked was caramel.

  4. Caramel is a temptation … Give desire to eat everything

  5. I’ve always wondered how to make my own caramel, so I’m really grateful I found this recipe. I don’t think I have a pastry brush, so I’ll have to get that before I make this. I can’t wait to make this now, and it doesn’t look too hard as well!

  6. Delicious homemade caramel candy! They look very good in the last 2 pictures.

  7. My mom loves caramel, so I might need to make this for her 🙂
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  8. I am certain these would keep if you post me some. Pretty please.
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  9. I might give this a try….I don’t like to cook, but when I see something delish I want to make it! 😀 Hubs would be very grateful if I made these for him! I really like how you wrapped them like store candies! Very cute!
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    • Thanks Heather! You should definitely try making these. I must warn you that they can be addictive. It’s hard to eat just one. I love caramel!

  10. Looks delicious! I love the fact you forgot the vanilla, I’ve been known to have to stir ingredients last minute too so its always nice to know I’m not the only one!
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  11. I’m a sticker for homemade caramels. I’ll have to make these soon.
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