Tried and True Caramel Candy
20 mins (cooking 20)
5 ingredients
50 servings
My aunt Cathy has been making caramel candies for us for Christmas for 25 years. I have never tasted caramels as good as hers. They are always soft and creamy with a wonderful flavor. With this recipe you can make your caramel as soft or as hard as you want to. Because confection recipes are always easily affected by altitude, my aunt, who lives at a much lower elevation than me, suggested I use the drop test method instead of a candy thermometer for figuring out how hard or soft my caramel is going to turn out. I went along with her suggestion because, for one I didn't want to Spring for a candy thermometer, and also because the temperature I would need to cook it to would differ for me from what she would cook it to and so she couldn't tell me what that temperature would be. (She says she cooks it to approx. 248 degrees F). So, instead of going through the trouble of trial and error, I have always used the drop test method, and it has worked for me every time. I will explain this method for those who don't know it in the directions.

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Serving Size (16.8 g)
Servings 50
Amount per Serving
Calories 65.86 Calories from Fat 33.03
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.67g 282.32%
Saturated Fat 2.31g 576.32%
Trans Fat 0.08g %
Cholesterol 11.57mg 192.83%
Sodium 25.0mg 52.08%
Total Carbohydrate 8.73g 145.47%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.06%
Sugars 8.71 g %
Protein 0.12g 11.73%
Vitamin A 128.69IU% Vitamin C 0.03mg%
Calcium 4.58mg% Iron 0.02mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4