Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Honey Caramel Candies

I know I haven't been posting as regular as usual. Let me just give you an update. We are in the middle of a remodel project so our household is rather disoriented at this point. Our plans include finishing half of our basement off to include a family room and a bedroom. Also we are converting a bedroom on the main floor to be a bathroom and a laundry room. So it's very exciting, but a lot of work. And a lot of disorientation, but that's okay because it will be worth it when it's done! 

But it's Christmas and I just can't pass the season without sharing with you a delicious and wonderful no-sugar holiday treat. These Honey Caramel Candies are easy to make and melt-in-your mouth delicious. They would make a great addition to stockings or a gift to give the neighbors. I like to keep them around when I am craving a treat, but don't want to cave to the sugar. Remember how I shared this recipe I discovered this fall for Honey caramel apples? Well you might recognize these honey caramel candies because they are very similar, just a few little changes to make them work as candy.

Honey Caramel Candies
Printable Recipe

1 Cup raw honey
1 Cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:Lightly butter a 8x8" or 9x9" square pan and set aside. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, heavy cream and salt. While it is heating, whisk together the mixture until combined and then bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat until the mixture reaches a simmer (it is still bubbling but not splattering all over). Stir and scrape sides of pot down occasionally. Turn down heat slightly if mixture starts to scorch on the bottom. Keep heating until the temperature on a thermometer inserted in the sauce reaches 240-245 degrees (this may take about 20-30 minutes). 

When temperature is between 240 and 245 degrees, remove from heat, add vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour caramels into prepared pan and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours or until cool and set.

When cool, remove the sheet of caramels from the pan and cut into pieces using a large knife. Wrap each caramel in a piece of wax paper, twisting the ends to secure.

Recipe Source: healthyfamilycookin.blogspot.com

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