I wanted to share a recipe for homemade caramels that I have been making for years. It has become a kind of expected treat each year. It was even featured in a Gooseberry Patch Christmas cookbook years ago. So far, I have made 3 batches and may have to do another.
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter in 3 qt heavy saucepan. Add sugar and salt. Stir thoroughly and stir in corn syrup. Mix well and add sweet milk. Stir constantly while cooking over medium heat to firm ball stage--245 degrees Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pour into greased 9 x 9 pan. Cool completely, cut into small square and wrap.
It recommends wrapping in wax paper. This works but doesn't always look the nicest if you are giving as gifts. I buy foil candy wrappers from Nashville Wraps. I am sure you can find them in cooking stores as well.
Caramel recipe above
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 bag peanut butter chips
2 bags pretzel rods--I break them in half
Chop the chocolate and peanut butter chips and peanuts. I use a food processor and do each separately. Put each in its own bowl. Take equal amounts of each and put into a pie tin or something so you can roll your pretzel in it. Mix together. ( I only mix a little at a time because you can save whatever you don't use for later.) Dip your pretzels in the caramel (I dip the broken end), let excess drip off and roll in your toppings. Place on wax paper to cool. Store in a sealed container.
These are both easy and tasty treats. Enjoy!!
Take care and stay warm!!