I want to begin this Christmas season with 25 days of gifting. Come back everyday and I will be giving lovely diy tutorials for Christmas gifts. Here is day 1:) Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment!
I wanted to begin day one with a simple gift everyone can make. The materials you will need:
- Transparent labels- I prefer gold (got mine at Target_
- Tissue paper- any color
- Christmas tin- any color (got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Candy or small trinkets
Directions (by photos):
Aren’t you so excited for Christmas!!!
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup dark corn syrup- you can use light but it will be a lighter color
- 3/4 cup of butter
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla (or any other extract, but vanilla taste the best)
- With a four quart pot (don’t use anything bigger or the caramels will be burnt) place your granulated sugar, corn syrup, butter and 1/2 of the cream into the pot. Bring the pot to a boil with medium heat (around a 4 on the dial) and constantly stir the pot and scrape the bowl consistently.
- While that is waiting to boil, grab a 9X9 pan, a cake pan or a lasagna pan, and put parchment paper on the bottom. Although butter will help stick, butter goes bad fairly quickly.
- After the sugar mixture is boiling, heat the rest of the cream in the microwave for a minute. Slowly add the cream to the sugar mixture. If you do it all at once, it can cool down the sugar mixture and the sugar can crystallize.
- Stir consistently for 10 to 20 minutes until the mixture thickens and darken to the caramel color above. It should be around 240F, but if you do not have an instant thereometer around, if you drop the caramel in ice cold water for a few seconds and you take it out, you should be able to form it.
- Take it off the heat once the ice cold water test works or its 240F and thick. Quickly add your extract and mix until its combined. Drop the caramel in the pan, but do not scrape.
- Wait 6 hours or overnight for it to form. Cut parchment paper and the caramels to make individual pieces.
Hope you enjoy. These caramels are addictive btw.