EASY soft caramels with just 4 ingredients. You can whip these up in about 15 minutes with NO candy thermometer and they literally melt in your mouth!
1 1/2 sticks butter (12 tablespoons)
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
optional: coarse sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (see note)
In a medium sauce pan combine butter and sugar and stir over medium heat until melted. Stir in corn syrup and condensed milk.
Bring to a boil and then decrease to simmer 7-10 minutes or until mixture achieves deep golden color, stirring constantly. (*For lower altitudes, simmer time may need to be reduced 2-3 minutes, watch carefully for coloring!) – See update below recipe!
Pour caramel into a foil-lined 8×8 inch pan and allow to cool completely. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt if desired.
When completely cooled, cut into squares and wrap in wax paper.