A Lil’ Taste of Nostalgia

Caramels

Memories of childhood!

Do you remember the days of MackIntosh Toffee Bars? I do! Those very sweet, creamy and utterly delicious bars that I coveted and craved. I still recall the day that I got my dreaded braces off and my “treat” for sporting those metallic mayhem creating contraptions was a MackIntosh bar! Oh, it was almost orgasmic (not that I would know what that was at the ripe ol’ age of 13!), but so earth shattering. Feeling overwhelmingly nostalgic this Christmas, I decided to try and re-create those delicious treats.  I set off one afternoon as both of my lil’ peeps were asleep, and athough my candy making skills are limited, I actually found it quite easy! My only problem was when both kids decided to simultaneously wake up, and my candy thermometer was ready to peak! Hmm, kids, candy, kids? Ok, don’t think I am a horrible parent, but the candy won this battle (needless to say, both of my kids are just fine!).

I poured this golden liquid into my prepared pan, and set it in the mudroom to cool down. I constantly checked on it’s progress, just going crazy with anticipation. Finally cooled down, I cut off an extra large piece and entered an out of body experience. Sweet, creamy and slightly salty. I had finally met my match and was down for the count.

If you are like me, and remember those toffee bars, then take the time and make a batch. Believe me, you will thank me for it! Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Creamy  Caramels

  • 2C 35% cream
  • 1/2 C condensed milk
  • 2C corn syrup
  • 1/2C water
  • 2C white sugar
  • 1/2 C SALTED butter

In a saucepan,heat up the milk and condensed milk. Set aside.

In a heavy bottomed pot, mix the corn syrup with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook over low heat until the thermometer reaches 250F. Remember, to have w wet pastry brush to brush down the sides of the pot if needed.

Once it has reached 250F, add the milk mixture and butter. Return to the stove and cook until it reaches 244F. Pour into a greased parchment paper lined pan (smaller pan for thicker candies, larger for thinner).

This makes what seems to be about a gazillion candies, but probably around 100 regular sized caramels. I wrapped mine in parchment and then put in jars….and because they are so addictive, they only lasted about 3 days!

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  3. Kathryn Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Oh yes! I remember. Sadly the toffee was forbidden than & remains forbidden for the same reason — it pulls my fillings out. No amount of confectionery pleasure is worth a trip to the dentist!

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