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Homemade Caramels (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek


Welcome to Day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

I took yesterday off from Christmas Week, but it was still going on!  There is a great giveaway you should go enter….after you check out what is going on today!  What are some of your favorite treats to have around the holidays?  I am all for the little things, small pieces of candy or little cookies, so I can try a few different things.  Fudge and caramels are pretty much my 2 biggest downfalls.  I shared my all time favorite fudge recipe last year.  I also have a fun new fudge recipe coming tomorrow.  So today, I made caramels.

Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

There really is nothing like homemade caramels.  I use the store bought ones all the time when baking, but if I am going to eat them by themselves, homemade is the way to go!  It is probably easier than you think too.  Candy can be kind of intimidating, but if you just relax and follow the directions you should be fine.  Having a good/accurate thermometer is important.  Mine is not very good at all, so I always have to calibrate it first.  That is much easier than it sounds, trust me!!  Thing boil at about 212 degrees F.  So, note on your thermometer what temp it actually starts to boil.  For me, that was about 205 degrees, 7 degrees different.  My recipe says to cook until 245 degrees, so I just subtract 7 degrees, and cook until 238.  There is a little math involved, but trust me, it is easier than you think it will be!

Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

Homemade Caramels (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek
 
Serves: 64 caramels
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Classic homemade caramels
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Grease or line an 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture reaches 245 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you don't have a thermometer; test in a cup of cold water. Drop a small amount into water, and shape into a ball. Once it holds is shape until pressed, it is done.
  3. Pour into prepared baking dish, and allow to cool completely.
  4. Cut into 1 inch squares, and wrap individual in plastic wrap, foil, or wax paper.
Notes
Recipe from Betty Crocker The New Cookbook

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Today’s #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Swissmar. Le Cordon Bleu has been a worldwide leader in gastronomy and hospitality for over 100 years and are widely considered the guardian of French culinary technique. Swissmar now combines this culinary expertise with their own knowledge and brand recognition to introduce this fantastic new line.

The Le Cordon Bleu ceramic ovenware from Swissmar are all freezer safe, oven safe, dishwasher and microwave safe. The French-inspired Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster has scalloped edges and is beautiful enough to go straight from oven to table! To enter to win a Swissmar Roaster, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

***This giveaway is for one Swissmar Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster (winner’s choice of color: blue, yellow, red, or white)! This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only . When the contest concludes, the winner will be chosen by random draw. The winner will be notified through e-mail and they will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***

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***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Swissmar. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

 

Comments

  1. I would roast a chicken. There’s nothing more delicious and satisfying than a perfectly roasted chicken.

  2. Heather Spooner says:

    Lasagna. Thanks!

  3. stuffed shells

  4. A big pan of mac n cheese. Mm!!

  5. ColleenMarie says:

    Maybe some type of baked chicken dish!!

  6. When ever I make caramels everyone loves them. Plus they are so easy to ship and last a lot longer than some of the other treats.

  7. I would love to do a duck breast for Christmas!

  8. Christmas morning breakfast bake!

  9. I would make tator tot casserole

  10. Some cheesy, bubbly dish. It would match the style beautifully!

  11. Jane Downes says:

    I’d make a big batch of blueberry-raspberry crisp for a potluck.

  12. mushroom lasagna

  13. I would roast a chicken!

  14. So many casseroles would fit in this lovely Swissmar Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster – I think I’d make a big batch of sage dressing.

  15. Sandy Wagner says:

    I would bake pasta dishes, lasagna, baked ziti etc.

  16. green bean casserole!

  17. Pamela Gurganus says:

    What I would make first should I win this Swissmar Roaster is ooey, gooey, cheesy baked macaroni and cheese!

  18. Shepherds pie!

  19. lasagna!

  20. I would make Cheese Thing which is a casserole with penne, cheese, butter and tomatoes.

  21. Rebecca Peterson says:

    baked tortellini

  22. Baked pasta!

  23. I would make loaded baked potato casserole. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  24. The meatloaf and mashed potato casserole I saw on mr food the other day :)

  25. I would love to make potato gratin to go with dinner!!

  26. Your Dad says you should mix your two downfalls together – cover the caramels in chocolate and send him some!

  27. I love caramels and there’s nothing better than homemade!

  28. Lasagne would be the first thing I would want to make.

  29. Homemade mac and cheese, yum.

  30. Donna Simpson says:

    Lasagna? Or maybe try one of the many, many recipes I have pinned on Pinterest!

  31. Kristie D. says:

    I would make a roast or macaroni and cheese I think. Yum! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Merry Christmas!

  32. i am thinking cheesy lasagna, thanks

  33. I have never made caramels before and would love to, yours look like they would melt in your mouth!!!

  34. I would attempt to make a lemon roasted chicken.

  35. broccoli chicken cheese rice casserole!

  36. Kortney Nelson says:

    Tortellini lasagna

  37. Perfect caramels, Erin! I love making these as holiday gifts…and yours look delish!

  38. Michelle Thayer says:

    Chicken

  39. Tres Leche cake

  40. I love ovenware that is pretty enough to serve in… Would be great for lasagna or yummy winter casseroles!

  41. These look like perfection, Erin! Gorgeous!

    Happy day #4!

  42. Stacey Money says:

    Oh the choices! First up would probably be homemade Mac n cheese – family fav!

  43. I would make scalloped potatoes, because for some reason I am really craving them lately!

  44. M.J. Jacobsen says:

    Mac and cheese!,

  45. Christy Spurlock says:

    Something with Chocolate!

  46. Oh my goodness! The possibilities are endless! I have no idea! I will be searching my recipe files!

  47. Daria Hezel says:

    Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna

  48. manicotti!

  49. I love casserole dishes that are so pretty – a perfect vessel for one of my favorite comfort meals:
    Shepherd’s pie! <3

  50. I would make French toast casserole for Christmas morning!

  51. I would make a beef roast.

  52. Chicken Enchiladas with Green Verde sauce!

  53. Lasagna!

  54. I’ve never actually made homemade caramels… and I don’t really think I should. Having a batch of these beauties in the house appears to be dangerous to the waistline! Especially since I’m thinking I would hide them and perhaps not share….!!

  55. Angela Leonard says:

    I would make my chicken and rice casserole. So comforting in this cold weather!

  56. I would make pound cake :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  57. Hm…. I’d probably make enchiladas!!

  58. First thing i would make would be a veggie lasagna :)

  59. Charles Reeder says:

    Love dish for Lasagna

  60. Deanna Feeney says:

    Lasagna!

  61. Roasted winter veggies.

  62. Dianna Ordway says:

    I will definitely learn how to make those caramels but the pan would be perfect for my awesome eggplant and/or zucchini Lasagna…Yummy!

  63. Lasagna!

  64. Marsha Lynne says:

    Beef short ribs would be the first item..a new recipe from a very dear friend

  65. Roasted lemon chicken

  66. they look delish. i’ve been wanting to make my own caramels!

  67. Beautiful caramels Erin!

  68. Tatajana White says:

    A breakfast casserole for Christmas morning!

  69. I love homemade caramels. They are so yummy and make perfect gifts for the holidays.

  70. I will most likely make some baked mac and cheese!

  71. I would make Ina Gartens roast chicken! It’s my favorite.

  72. Breakfast Burritos for Christmas morning!!

  73. I would make broccoli and rice casserole.

  74. I think I might roast a chicken in there with some vegetables

  75. eggplant parmesan

  76. Bread pudding!

  77. Olivia Reese says:

    My grandson favorite Mac & cheese

  78. These caramels look like they would simply melt in your mouth and I would have a hard time eating just one!

  79. I would make bread pudding.

  80. I would make a Berry cobbler…yum!

  81. april yedinak says:

    I would make this recipe I have been wanting to try for chicken spaghetti casserole.

  82. I would make lasagna

  83. I would make my mom’s celery and cream chicken recipe.

  84. Brocolli, rice, shrimp casserole

  85. macaroni ‘n cheese!

  86. Stephanie C. says:

    I would make either a baked spaghetti or maybe stuffed cannoli….

  87. Katie Blankenship says:

    I think I would make a big pot roast.

  88. I’d cook a chicken basted with balsamic vinegar.

  89. Melinda Stephens says:

    I’d make a roast lamb.

  90. Roasted Brussel sprouts. I can’t get enough of them lately.

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