The thought of making this recipe excited me so much, as it has been on my list of things to make for close to a year now. I just haven’t had the time or resources (candy thermometer) to do so. However, in light of the Susan G Komen – Bake for the Cure competition, I figured why not challenge myself? The women (and men) who battle breast cancer deal with and conquer FAR greater challenges on a daily basis. If they can do that, then I can certainly make some measly candy!
I got the recipe for these on Delish.com as they are a partner with Susan G Komen in the baking blogger contest. In fact, I’ve had this recipe saved away in my “to-bake” file since last year AND Delish.com is my favorite place to find recipes.
Anyways, where was I? Oh yea, time to quit procrastinating and get to making the Sea Salt Caramels.
Here are the ingredients.
[I opted to purchase a more expensive sea salt for the flavor factor.]
First step is to position the candy thermometer just right on the side of a saucepot.
Then combine the heavy cream, evaporated milk, and sugar in the pot and cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
Once it boils, add the Karo light corn syrup and continuing cooking until the caramel reaches 230 degrees.
Now, let me just pause here and let you in on an almost failure on my part. The recipe called for a MEDIUM-sized saucepan; WELL, I’m here to tell you that the caramel will over flow and not reach 230 desgrees (Like it did with mine. Which is NOT fun cleanup afterwards.) So make sure you use a LARGE saucepan.
After pouring out the caramel into my prepared dish…
I grabbed a new pot and started attempting to heat it again in hopes that all was not lost with the caramel…
And what do ya know? It wasn’t! It heated up real quick and easy to 230 degrees. Then it was time to drop in the butter and vanilla and continue cooking until the caramel reached 240 degrees.
Once at 240, remove from heat and carefully pour into a parchment paper-lined, greased, 9×13 baking dish and let cool for about an hour.
Once cooled, flip out on to another piece of parchment paper…
And begin the hour-long process of cutting into bite-size pieces. [This will likely take you a lot shorter time than me, as I didn't wait long enough for it to cool and all stickiness broke loose.]
Once in bite size pieces, say the serenity prayer. Wrap in squares of parchment paper and go to bed exhausted.
Okay, you can skip the last step but don’t skip sharing with your family and friends!
Thanks so much for reading through this blog and if any of you decide to venture into making these, the final result is actually AMAZINGLY good and I wish you luck!!!
Please please comment below as the competition is over at midnight on Sunday night, October 24th. THANK YOU!