The men in my husband’s family love caramel. Caramels, caramel flavor, dulce de leche, turtles, Rolos, Riesens, basically anything with caramel and my husband is no exception. For years his aunt and grandma have made caramels for their family. When we were first married his grandma showed me how to make all her candies (including pecan roll which is amazing!) including caramels. They were of course delicious but took a lot of work, a thermometer, testing the caramel for that soft ball stage of cooking. For a couple years I made these for our family and friends but 2 years ago a friend told me about microwave caramels. And my life was quickly changed (my life isn’t that exciting ;). These caramels taste exactly like Mitch’s grandmas, have the same ingredients, but are cooked in the microwave. SIX minutes. Six! For the past couple Christmases I’ve made these caramels instead. And we love them! Also I can make 5 batches in an hour and have enough caramels for us and friends. It is a great thing.
- 1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. light corn syrup
- 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
- Cooking spray
- Wax paper for wrapping
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Pour all ingredients in a bowl. Microwave for 6 total minutes, but remove every 2 minutes to stir. Mixture should be bubbling when you remove it. Quickly pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Let cool. Cut into rectangles and wrap in wax paper (I cut out a bunch of wax paper rectangles). Keep yourself from eating too many! *I have doubled it and cooked for 8 minutes, stirring at every 2 minutes and they turned out the same!