Vanilla-Honey Caramels

12/14/11


Despite the fact that I've made it several times, I still get antsy when it comes to making caramel. (And not because of the scars it left on a few fingers.) What scares me more than molten lava burns? Drama.
Caramel won't let you know that things are going downhill until the last minute when the smoke alarm, which had only served as a 'prop' for the past 3 years, suddenly goes off and you want to hit it with a baseball bat but know that opening a window takes priority over trying to find a replacement for a bat that you don't even own.

We've since made up, caramel and I. But it still induces lip-biting and hand wringing.


My candy thermometer only measure temperatures up to 200 F, after that, I'm playing blind. Luckily, this recipe is gentle, even for the most timid caramel makers. Once you can get past the initial sugar cooking, and butter enters the scene, it's a smooth sail to the finish line. If you are nervous about caramel, just cook it over a low heat. It will take a lot longer, but you will have more control over the situation (and you can watch the magical transformation unfold without stressing too much). It really is a beautiful process.

The caramels have sweet, soft kisses of vanilla and honey. And they're luxuriously soft and stretchy without any teeth-pulling stickiness. They make great little holiday treats too! Just wrap them up in cut-out wax paper and toss a few into your gift bags. Keep the scraps for yourself! You'll need the sugar-rush by the time you're finished wrestling with the 34th sheet of wax paper. :D



Recipe from Two Tarts.

11 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely caramels! I'f love to get such a gift...

Cheers,

Rosa

Beth said...

I've only made caramel a few times, and I get nervous every time I try. I can't imagine doing it without a precise candy thermometer! Once again I'm impressed by your skill in the kitchen.

Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} said...

What a lovely recipe, these caramels look and sound absolutely amazing. Great descriptions :) Pinned!

David said...

These look delicious! I'm definitely trying them. :)

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

They look so beautiful! And they'd make the perfect holiday gift!

Kathryn O said...

These look so, so gorgeous. Caramel scares me a little, too, but you make these sound so good that I might have to give them a try!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Caramel is my drug of choice. I never thought of adding honey! Lovely...especially with a sprinkling of coarse salt. I'd love to have a taste!

Mary said...

These look fantastic! I tried to make coconut milk caramels the other day, but with my cavalier attitude I over-caramelized the sugar and then, despite using a candy thermometer, ended up with a large pan of runny goo! I think I'll just enjoy these vicariously and stick with no-bake rum balls for a day or two. :)

Ann said...

Maybe you could time how long it takes to get to a deep amber after boiling. I would ty this then.

Valerie said...

@Ann, If I make this recipe again I'll be sure to time the cooking stage. :)

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

I need these caramels in my life immediately! Love!

 

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