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Homemade Caramels

While Thanksgiving feasts might not be all that common among the Amish, Christmas-related cooking is something that is found in "plain" homes.  Whether it be homemade fudge, popcorn balls, Christmas cookies, or hand-made candies, the Amish often celebrate the season through their cooking.

This is a delicious recipe for Lovina's for homemade caramels.  I'll share some of my favorite holiday recipes fo hers over the weeks ahead.


2 1 /2 tablespoons butter

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons light molasses

1 /2 cup undiluted evaporated milk

4 squares unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)


Mix butter,sugar, molases, and the milk in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.  Add the chocolate and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted.  Cook to the soft ball stage (235 - 240 degrees on a candy thermometer) or until mixture forms a soft ball when a small amount is dropped into cold water.  Mix in the extract and nuts and pour into a greased 8X8X2 pan.  Cool and when fairly firm, cut into squares.



I wonder how these would ship? are they fairly soft and in need of individual wrapping?

I am trying to gather all info possible so i won't mistakenly think i am going to be shipping something to my son in Iraq and than find out it won't work. That is why all the questions. This is something i am finally learning after years of doing double and triple things because i didn't ask all the questions.


Thanks for the patience with them

LuvMaerz's picture

Sounds good... now the only question is: do you say "KAR-mel" or "cara-MEL?"  LOL

Re: Mmmmmm!

They were always the first, until the Kraft Co. changed the pronunciation in the early days of TV advertising [late 40's/early 50/s].   Same thing happened to the pronunciation of Nestle's, & others, I can't recall at the moment.  CS

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