A special gift this Christmas season can be soft, homemade caramels. They can dress up Christmas plates, turn a pretzel into “gourmet,” and are quite easy to make.
Even when there are a hundred other things needing your attention, you can simply set all five ingredients in a large saucepan on medium heat and leave it. Just don’t forget to set your timer! This is, without a doubt, best made with fresh cream and butter from your Daloris Dairy raw milk.
2 cups Granulated Sugar (white or brown work)
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/3 cup Butter
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla.
Directions: Set all ingredients in a pan over low heat, stir till ingredients are smooth and combined or butter is melted. Bring to a boil over medium heat, let boil for 18-22 minutes, or until it turns a light caramel color. The longer it boils, the darker and stiffer the caramel will be. There is no need to stir. Once the time is passed, remove the pot from the heat and pour into your desired mold. This can either be a well greased 8X8 pan, or a glass bowl for dipping pretzels.
If making gourmet pretzels, pour the caramel into a glass bowl that can be reheated in the microwave if needed. The caramel will stiffen as it cools, and adding a tablespoon or two of milk will make it have a softer set. That all depends on your preference.
Some handy tricks:
- Use the back of a spoon to smooth the caramel over your pretzels.
- Grease your pan well to set the caramel pretzels on.
- If your pretzels are breaking with your caramel, your caramel may be too stiff. Soften it up with milk and/or heating it in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time.
- Small pretzel rods can be dipped with one hand, and make cute little gifts.
- If using a candy thermometer, the desired temperature of the caramel is 245-250 degrees.
- The caramel pretzels don’t have to cool completely before you start dressing them.
Some great toppings include milk or white chocolate, toasted coconut(as seen in picture below), any kind of roasted nut, sprinkles, toffee, or your choice of crushed up candy bar. You may even use a peanut butter, corn syrup and melted marshmallow mix to hold on mini m&m’s.
Just be creative and enjoy because these make wonderful gifts for family and friends. The best part, is children can be involved in the dipping and decorating, and giving!
Have a very Merry Christmas, from Daloris Dairy!