Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vanilla-Caramel Chews

What is better than a classic vanilla-caramel candy? Something that takes you back to you your childhood? Try this easy caramel candy recipe. Play around with the recipe & add orange extract, or rum to add variety.

Classic Vanilla-Caramel Chews

1 quart heavy cream
½ cup sugar
¼ cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla or 1 vanilla bean

Heat cream in a heavy saucepan on medium high until cream comes to a rolling boil. Boil cream, stirring often, until it reduces by half. Then transfer the cream into a heavy skillet, mix in sugar and corn syrup, and bring to a boil again, cooking (and stirring) until the cream and sugar mixture becomes thick and melted caramel-like in texture.

Add vanilla just after turning off the heat, and mix well. Scrape caramel into a buttered pan, and let it cool. Once cool, roll the caramel into a long log, slice it into pieces and wrap the individual pieces in plastic wrap. They can also be stored in the fridge, if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap for up to a month.
**You can also do a variation by adding ½ teaspoon of Orange extract…Mmmmm.


  1. ohh the possibilities are endless... great homemade recipe!

  2. That is a cool recipe! I've never heard of one where you boil the cream first....thanks!

    1. Ann, This is an easy way to do it, but I have also done it where you make a traditional caramel in a heavy bottomed pan, then add the cream. However, I always seem to have an issue with it "setting up" that way.

  3. Abby-I'm thinking Rose water, or Ginger extract next!

  4. This recipe sounds absolutely wonderful. And the picture looks fabulous! Will definitely try it out soon. Thanks for sharing!