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Chewy Creamy Caramels

From "The People's Home Book" published in 1914, the original recipe makes almost 300 candies, and I cut it down by ⅛. So feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel, Chewy Creamy Caramels
Servings: 36 caramels
Author: Anna


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, or 10 ounces if you like to weigh
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sea salt, I used Maldon Sea Salt


  • Prepare a baking sheet or a marble or granite slab by spreading some butter in a 15"x15" area. (The caramel will probably spread to about 12" or 13", but having extra is good.
  • Put the cream, sugar and corn syrup into a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook, stirring continuously until mixture reaches 250°F on a candy thermometer. Mixture will boil, modulate the heat on your stove so it doesn't boil over.
  • When mixture reaches 250°F, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla and ¼ teaspoon table salt. Mixture will sizzle a little, but stir until combined.
  • Then immediately pour the caramel onto the prepared surface.
  • Sprinkle the sea salt over the top of the caramel and let cool, at least 2 hours.
  • When mixture is completely cooled start at the long edge, if there is one, mine spread into an almost a perfect circle, and roll up tightly.
  • Butter the edge of a bench scraper or knife and cut 36 pieces.
  • Wrap each piece in waxed paper.


Gr8 Do Ahead Tips:

  • Caramels will keep in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry spot for up to one month.
  • Or, seal tightly and freeze for up to six months.

Gr8 Gift Idea:

  • Candy makes a wonderful holiday gift and homemade candy is even more special! Package this in sealed cellophane bags or containers with a pretty ribbon to give a delicious and beautiful gift.
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