Homemade Caramels

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Soft, chewy and PERFECT Homemade Caramels – just wrap in wax paper and gift to friends and family. They’re so easy to make!

Have you ever tried homemade caramels before? They’re one of those holiday treats that I’m always looking forward to when we get goodie plates from friends and neighbors. I never knew how to make them but decided we needed to change that, and I’m so glad we tried them! I scoured the web for the best recipe, and this one from a family friend seemed perfect, and it WAS!

The only bad thing about making caramels (or any kind of candy for that matter), is that it usually takes time. This recipe is no different. Using your candy thermometer, it sometimes seems like it takes forever to get to the right temp, but within seconds it’s there and your pouring this creamy caramel mixture into a pan. After letting it set, you can cut up and wrap in wax paper to gift or enjoy at home. Now that we have a great recipe and know how to make it, we will be adding these goodies to our Christmas goodie plates this year.

You can’t really go wrong with caramels, but next time I’m wondering if we should try dipping them in chocolate. They’re great as they are, but I think they may be even better coated in delicious white and milk chocolate. ;D Here is what you’ll need to make these perfect caramels…

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Homemade Caramels

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Soft, chewy and PERFECT Homemade Caramels - just wrap in wax paper and gift to friends and family. They're so easy to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 580 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla


  1. Grease a 12x15 inch pan.

  2. Combine sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, whipping cream, and butter in a medium pot. Monitor temperature with a candy thermometer, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove pot from heat when temp reaches 250 degrees F.
  4. Stir in vanilla and pour slowly into greased pan.
  5. Let cool completely and once cool, cut into squares and wrap in wax paper. ENJOY!


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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