Caramel Candy Recipe

Make Homemade Candy

Caramel Candy

To me there is no reason except pure pleasure to make candy. Making candy is as exacting as it is fun, with a some good tools and easy to follow directions anyone can make good homemade candy. No preservatives, colorings or mystery ingredients.

Lovely, classic, chewy caramel candy can be a hard task. Not to mention messy and great care needs to be taken so it doesn't scorch and burn or become granular. Using a crock pot will make this rich creamy confection a lot easier. Eat it as is, coat some apples, or dip the pieces in chocolate.

things you'll need:

    1/4 cup all-purpose white flour
    1 cup dark or light brown sugar
    1 cup white corn syrup
    1 and 1/2 cups half and half
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1/4 cup all-purpose white flour
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 cup chopped pecans, or any nuts you choose, optional
    crock pot or slow cooker


            Step 1...Mix the brown sugar and 1/4 cup flour thoroughly in the crock pot. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup of the half and half. Stir well and cover. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. While cooking on high, stir every 30 minutes.

           Step 2... Make a smooth paste with the melted butter and 1/4 cup flour. Gradually add 1/2 cup half and half. Stir this mixture into the crock pot mixture. Turn on low and cook for 8 to 10 hours. If it does not thicken, turn on high and cook until it coats a spoon. Add the vanilla and chopped pecans, if using. Again, if you need to raise the temperature to thicken stir every 30 minutes.

            Step 3...Pour onto buttered cookie sheet, about 1/2 in deep. Mark into squares and let stand to cool completely. Cut with knife or kitchen shears and wrap each piece in food wrap.

Cutting Caramels

Mark the caramel in even squares
Makes about 2 pounds