Saturday, December 20, 2014


I have tried probably 10 or 12 different 

caramel recipes

over the years.

Sometimes the caramels turned out

and they set up perfectly.

Often, however, 

they never really hardened properly.

I have made this recipe at least 25 times

 over the years.


It is easy and doesn't require much work.

The secret is your microwave

instead of a saucepan.
The most important thing to remember 

is to use a


I have a Pyrex one with a pouring spout on it.

I use the 2 quart one.

Using anything smaller it might bubble over.

Everything that is measured out

is in 1/2 cup increments.

Melt 1/2 cup butter

in your Pyrex dish..

Remove from microwave.

Add 1/2 cup Karo syrup,

1/2 cup light brown sugar,

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup sweetened CONDENSED MILK

(NOT evaporated milk)

Stir until mixed and dissolved.

Microwave on high 3-1/2 minutes.

Stir down.

Microwave on high 3-1/2 more minutes.

Remove from the microwave. 
Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I use a full tsp)

Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts-if desired- I don't.

Stir gently until few air bubbles remain.

That's it folks!


Is that the easiest candy recipe
you have ever seen?

Pour into 8x8 buttered dish.

Refrigerate until set.

You can also use one of those card boxes

to give as a gift,

It will fill at least 2, maybe 3, boxes.

Here is how I fill those boxes.

Otherwise, once it sets up

cut into squares and wrap 

individual squares in waxed paper cut to size.

Kind of like taffy.

That is------

You can wrap these if they last long enough.

Ours never seem to make it to the

wrapped stage!
These are some of the tastiest caramels 

I have ever had.

We had a little taste test one year with

three kinds-one purchased,
one made the"old fashioned stove top" way

and my own.

Dan was so smug that his
"old-fashioned ones" 

and KNEW they were going to win.

I was nice about it and very gracious

when I won.

I only called him a LOSER once

to his face.

Guess what?

That makes ME a winner!


I am


I hope my new outfit comes in before

the next big


Not sure that I will dye my hair though!
I will do a post tomorrow on 

How To Block Bloggers 

From Visiting Your Blog

and/or Leaving Comments.

hmmm-I might be cutting off my nose to 

spite my face when some of you block me! lol

I am laying low today-

trying to get rid a this crazy cough I have

had for TWO WEEKS.

We don't need a barking dog at our house

to scare off intruders.

I just open the door and 

hack at them.

Hope you have a hack-free day!
your photo name


Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

I think I might attempt your recipe! I have always wanted to make caramels but having to get the temp right with the thermometer and all that, it scared me off. Your recipe looks fool proof! I'll keep you posted. Merry Christmas Diana! xo

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Candy Queen! This sounds delicious and looks so pretty in the card boxes. Hope your cough gets better soon; take care and rest today. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Whew. I'm tired just reading how to make candy. I love caramels too much to make a batch of them, if you know what I mean. Just looking at yours is enough as they look so good.

Pom Pom said...

I'm so sorry you have that horrid cough! It DOES last for weeks and it's exhausting. The caramels look delish!

bj said...

The candy sounds a lot like my Micro Peanut Brittle..EASY....Your caramels look really good. ummmm
Rest and get rid of that hangs on forever, it seems.

Susie said...

Hello Candy Queen, I know you have been into some sticky situations. :):). Now you know we are all stuck on we are not going to block you. LOL Diana, I think my daughter has that cough...she says it's a tickle in her lungs and she isn't really coughing anything up. Just as you said hacking. What a time for this to be going around. I sure hope you get better. Blessings to for a good weekend, xoxo,Susie


Oh hon, you are into the candy eve. This recipe sounds great, easy and always perfect. I'm keeping it. ME BLOCK YOU, NEVEREEBOB!
I will leave blog land first! Hubby is with a caugh too and guess what...we are having great news, our DD Sofia is pregnant again, so now we are crossing our fingers for a boy...but it doesn't matter, we are so excited!

Jenn at coffeeontheporchwith me said...

Another yummy recipe! I like that there is no "soft ball stage", "hard ball stage" stuff going on with this one. Never mastered that. This may sound like a silly question, but what is karo syrup? (Canadian here). Is it corn syrup? -Jenn

Anonymous said...

maybe the caramels will help your cough, they sound amazing!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Yes! We have one of those big, microwaveable "cups". And the recipe sounds delicious and easy. (Mmmm, easy is the best part, of course!)

So glad you are still lying low, and giving your bod lots of TLC, plus meds.... To boot that ding-dang cough out the door. Yes!!!

And thank you so much!!!!!!!! For appreciating my illustration!!!!! Of the Holly King!!!! He is a cutie, isn't he??? :-))))

Keep resting!!!!

Happy Eve of Yule,
'Miss' Tessa~

111 LaLa Lane said...

Lord girl, you crack me up! Feel better....hope the hack is gone by the time Santa arrives. Wouldn't want to scare him off.

Junkchiccottage said...

Ohhhhhh Diana you are too much. You crack me up!!!! Hope you start to feel better. Ok so when will my caramels arrive? I want to be waiting at the door for them!!!
Have a great week end.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I love/lust/make a pig out of myself with caramels!!! Especially with Fleur de Sel sea salt sprinkled on top. I'll try this recipe, thanks. Yup that outfit is the proper attire to make caramels in.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Those caramels look so good! I've only made them a couple of times, but your recipe sounds a lot easier and I'm all about easy recipes these days. :) Hope your cough gets better soon.

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I've tried making caramels before... Yeah not fudge but caramels :/ anyway my caramels end up being pourable ice cream topping!!! Again with the boxes- I love that!!! My grandmother used to do that . The thing is... The card boxes I get have print on the front and have dollar general plastered all over it OR it has hole on the front displaying the card. Ithe old boxes were so much cuter :)

Nellie said...

Making caramels is something I've never tried before. This makes it seem so easy! Baking two birthday cakes today - ones I've never done before - new requests. Hope that cough improves. It isn't fun to be less than 100% during this season! xo Nellile

tammy j said...

I LOVE IT! thank you for this recipe and the pictures at each step. my mother made caramels. and it was the tedious process.
i'm a microwave gal! i will actually do these!
don't let that cough turn into anything like bronchitis or pee-nu-monia.
you're such a power house. maybe it's nature's way of "trying" to slow you down! my money's on YOU not nature. LOLOL. XO♥

Richella Parham said...

I am so excited to get this recipe! I LOVE homemade caramels, but have been too lazy to go through the try-and-fail process of testing different recipes. I'm going to try yours, though! It really does look infallible. Thank you for sharing it!!

Debbie Harris said...

Well if you aren't just the "sweetest" candy queen!
How did you know I LOVE caramels?! Why anyone could attempt this easy looking recipe. I will give it a try and keep you posted.
I have a feeling they will not make the wrapping stage in our home either.
Enjoy your down time today, and get better soon. :)
Joy to you! Debbie

Chatty Crone said...

Another winner - that looks delicious - and not too hard for me to do! lol

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

This recipe sounds easy enough. I posted a caramel recipe earlier this year, but it's over the stove. It was apple cider caramels. Your recipe sounds easy and fast. Rest up! xo

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, I just love caramels! I really like the way you boxed them up as a gift! Really so pretty! I also will save this to my files! I just may try it tomorrow. I will also be doing a post on blocking followers as I had the same problem. And no one would block you!!! You silly girl...
I do hope you feel better soon!
Hugs, Roxy

Dayle said...

I must try this recipe. My daughter loves caramel.

Connie said...

Wow! I've never even heard of homemade caramels before . . . I'm sure that they are very yummy. Homemade always trumps store bought in everything:) You are a Jill of all trades . . . so many talents.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Diana, I'm so glad you shared this recipe-I'd love to try these but don't know if I'll get to it before Christmas. I'm so bummed that you have a cough that is hanging on; I've heard that the flu that is going around this year and people are saying it is hanging on. I'll say some prayers that you kick it to the curb before Christmas. Get rest and lots of fluids!

Cranberry Morning said...

These sound wonderful! I am making these for sure when the Minnesota grandkids come visit after Christmas. I pinned the recipe. Now I need to go get a 2 qt. Pyrex pitcher. I'm hoping I can eat just one. Okay, I see you on the floor laughing. I've already gained weight since the day before Thanksgiving. This is scary.

Missy George said...

Sorry you are still hacking!!! Are those yummy looking caramels guaranteed not to pull your teeth out?? They look wonderful..

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thanks for the candy recipe - looks really good.
Take care of your self. You are so funny........
Have a great one Diana

camp and cottage living said...

I'm saving this recipe, Diana. I've been looking for a good one for ages!
Sure hope you get better real soon.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Yummy Yummy!! Rest up and feel better!

Consider It All Joy said...

Wow, that is a candy recipe that I might actually be able to make! Stay inside and warm, drink warm honey with lemon for that cough and maybe a tad bit of brandy :) Feel better soon! Blessings, Cindy

Denise said...

Hope You are feeling a lot better by now.Thank You for the recipe. I've been wanting to start making homemade goodies,and I do need EASY ones. This looks Yumy.

Dixie Delights said...

I am so beyond excited to try these. I LOVE CARAMELS!!!!!

Renee said...

That sounds like a good and easy recipe. I have never tried making caramel.

We have all had the cough, viral thing that is going around. Tired of it.
Hope you are feeling better soon.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Thank you so much for the recipe Diana! I love how you packaged it too! Way cute! xox

Vee said...

Oh I'm going to try it...thought I would be making fudge for the Christmas card boxes I dug out today at your suggestion, but not if this is so easy. I love caramel! Thank you!!

Pam Kessler said...

You are tempting fate by calling it "never fail". I may have to prove you wrong on that one :)

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Yummy! I think I can make this! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial! I love caramels! Do take care of yourself; a cough can wear you out! You need to be well for Christmas! Sending hugs your way!

Kelly said...

Yum! Homemade caramel sounds good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you feel better before Christmas. My husband is still coughing too from the flu he once had.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Your candy recipe sounds and looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Hope your cough is better.
Wishing you a special Sunday!!
Blessings xo

Bethany Carson said...

Thanks for sharing your caramel recipe with us! Hope you're feeling better.

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I wanted to come back and say
I made this!!! It turned out perfect and so Yummie! My grandaughter helped she's five -- and it was easy peasy! I made some before but it didn't turn out. This recipe did :)
Hope you're getting well .

Feral Turtle said...

I am kinda working backward on my emails here so I already know how sick you are and I feel so bad for you my friend. Please get lots of rest so you can kick this in the butt! I am going to try this recipe today!!! My BIGGEST weakness is caramels and fudge. Thanks for sharing!!

Candy S said...

This sounds so much easier than the recipe I used for making caramels some years back. It really is good yo be the queen! Congratulations on your win! I do hope you are feeling much better for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family..... Candy

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