Thursday, December 18, 2014

Caramel Christmas Gifts

We used caramels as our filler for the few Christmas gifts we handed out this year.

 Here's the 2 recipes we used:
#1-Mom's Caramels (I doubled this recipe)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup karo syrup
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup of butter
 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Add sugar, 1/2 cup of the cream and karo to heavy pan over low heat. Wash sides with hot water and don't let boil until sugar dissolves. Once sugar is dissolved turn heat up to medium. Add other half of cream slowly then add butter. Cook to 242 degrees (this temp depends on the altitude your in).  I usually do the drop water test(put a spoonful of caramel into a cup of ice water then sample it) every time to make sure it's at the consistency I like. Add vanilla. Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Once it's cooled cut into bite size pieces and wrap in wax paper.

#2-Eggnog Caramels (I got this recipe from recipe is a little different)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (add less if using salted butter)
  • Directions
    Line an 8×8 pan with buttered or sprayed aluminum foil. In a pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn down heat to medium and insert candy thermometer. Continue to stir mixture until it reaches 245* F. (Mine almost cooked to 250 so do the drop test if your not sure) Then remove from heat and pour into prepared pan. Allow the mixture to cool completely for a few hours in the refrigerator. Remove mixture from the pan using the foil. Cut into 1″ squares. Store caramels in an airtight container.
     We made these for all the kid's teachers. 
 We wanted to give them gift cards but didn't want to just hand them a card so we filled mason jars with caramels and decorated the lid with ribbon and Christmas paper.
 We made this simple tag to attach to the jars.  We tried to incorporate the Amazon A in (a)mazing but this was as good as we could do.
 I put these together for the ladies I visit teach at church.
 I found these containers in the dollar spot at Target.  I filled the inside with caramels and attached this ornament.
I found the ornament at Hobby Lobby.
 We put these together for Jared's employees.
I found this tag here at
 We thought this gift card was perfect to go with the cute tag.
Have a Sweet Holiday Season!

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