Thursday, October 23, 2008

My MOST prized recipe

Grandma Kiehl's Caramels:
1/2 lb. butter
2(15oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup sifted flour
2 cups light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
In heavy saucepan, melt butter, add corn syrup and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk. Mix flour thoroughly with remaining milk, add to syrup-sugar mixture. Boil until mixture darkens and forms a medium-hand ball (240 degrees). Stir constantly or mixture will stick!!! Add vanilla and pour into buttered 9x13 pan. Allow to cool.

Cut into 1" pieces with a sharp knife. Wrap pieces in small squares of waxed paper. Makes about 5 dozen pieces.

This is what the look like all rolled up.

I have the caramels all bagged and tagged, ready to give out for Halloween treats to our teachers and friends next week.
When I was little my Grandma would make these and mail us a batch to where ever we were living. Anytime she would send a box we would open it hoping to find these MOST delicious caramels inside.
I have made these every fall for the past 11 years. My kids get so excited when they see me making these. It makes me happy to see them enjoying these fall traditions we are making.


Our Complete Family said...

Oooh, folks....I can vouch for this recipe! Jeni made some for my family in Germany a few years ago and we LOVED them! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! Cute packaging too hun! xo, Les

Kristi said...

I have never had homemade caramels either- but the people I know who make them, swear by them!

Sounds delish! I'm definitely copying this recipe down!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Jeni~
Those look wonderful! I can see why that is such a special recipe. Wow, thank you for sharing it with us. (I just told my husband that we are going to be having some homemade caramels! Yum! :)

I also love how you put them together with such darling tags! You are amazing!
Have a good night! :)

Carrie said...

Those looks so good your family and teachers are very lucky! Yummy

Shannon said...

Wow!! This looks so good! I am going to have to try this!

Mabry's gamma said...

Those caramels looks so yummy, I will have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing your grandma's recipe.

I see you are GA transplants and Bull Dawg fans, we are transplants also but our heart will remain with PSU in college football, sorry Dawgs. Our one neighbor, their grandson plays for the dawgs. Small world.

the dahle family said...

Those look yummy! I might have to give the recipe a try.

Everyday Gourmet said...

These are amazing! I have made them a dozen times now. Jeni shared the recipe with me over 3 years ago! I think they are the best caramels I have ever tasted before. They always turn out too. Jeni, your life is so full of the things you love. I really appreciate how you enjoy things to the fullest from your family to cooking and crafts!

Darlene said...

Missed you at Monday's crop...thanks for posting the carmel recipe!! Your home is looking very festive!! Hugs!

Kristie said...

Those look so yummy! Not sure I can do the whole boiling thing though I tried to make popcorn balls and it was a disaster! Maybe I'll try again they sure would be cute for Christmas gifts! Thanks for shareing!

The Barefoot Shutterbug said...

I can't wait to try this out! Caramel is my fav!Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love Jodi