Sea Salt Caramels

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Makes 2 pounds

A great treat for holiday catering.

Cook Time
about 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour
Ingredients
12 fluid ounces Karo® Light Corn Syrup
OR Karo® Dark Corn Syrup
16 fluid ounces heavy OR whipping cream, divided
8 fluid ounces milk
2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Directions

Line an 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil (leave a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides) and spray with cooking spray.

Combine corn syrup, 8 fluid ounces cream, milk, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in a 4-quart saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking (at a low boil) and stirring occasionally until temperature on candy thermometer reaches 234°F or small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a soft ball which flattens on removal.  This will take about 40 minutes.

Gradually add remaining 8 fluid ounces in a thin steady stream, stirring constantly.

Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until temperature on candy thermometer reaches 244°F or small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a firm ball which does not flatten on removal. This will take about 30 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. (NOTE: Do NOT scrape side of saucepan.) Place on wire rack and cool 1 hour.  Sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. 

Lift cooled candy from pan using foil.  Cut into 1-inch squares. Wrap squares individually in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Store in tightly-covered container.