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Soft, Buttery Homemade Caramels

Soft, buttery and perfect. Our family's tried and true recipe!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 80 servings


  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter 1 cup
  • 2 cups white corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 12 oz. cans evaporated milk


  • Melt the sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt together in a large, heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the evaporated milk a little at a time, taking 5-10 minutes per can and stirring constantly. A labor of love indeed.
  • Once all the milk is added use a candy thermometer and bring the mixture to 238F-240F and not any hotter! Even a few degrees hotter will make them chewy instead of soft.
  • Pour into a parchment lined 13x9 pan and cool completely. Cut and serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 14mg