As promised, here are the details on the best caramels ever. Seriously, these were amazing.
I found the recipe and a great how-to video at The Inspired Taste. I highly recommend reading their entire post and watching the video they made. I will add a couple other tips: whatever you do, don’t use wax paper, and don’t bother spending additional money to get a digital candy thermometer (I bought one at Sur la table, and the stupid thing blacked out when it hit 250 degrees. The first batch of caramel was a sticky burnt mess because of that fancy thermometer).
Each batch I cooked made about 30 caramels…
Each guest received two caramels in a little decorative box. I originally bought bags at a party store, but I didn’t exactly love them. Shortly after buying the bags from the party store I found some plain white boxes at Dollar Tree. I knew I could decorate them and end up with a cuter box than the original (and less expensive: bonus). So, I punched out about 90 crosses using a decorative punch I bought at Hobby Lobby (Oh, FYI, don’t bother looking for anything with crosses on it at JoAnn because apparently they don’t carry anything like that. I am not sure why I didn’t start at Hobby Lobby, but now I know to go there first for anything religious). I added the crosses to the bags with some think foam stickers, and tied a ribbon on each. Viola! Simple and delicious Salted Caramel Party Favors:
(which apparently in all the chaos I did not snap a clear photo of!).
Have you attempted making caramel before? How many tries did it take for you to get it right? Have you made another other types of candy?