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Dec 05

Auntie Ellen’s Creamy Christmas Caramels – a family favorite holiday tradition

 In my recipe card file, I have many recipes that have been handed down to me over the years from the grandmas, moms, aunts, sisters, cousins, and treasured friends. When I went through the recipe card box yesterday, I was reminded that even the box was a gift! It must be at least 30 or 35 years old, and it was given to me one Christmas by my sister-in-law. 

It is a beautiful wooden box with a charming picture decoupaged on the top. That is ONE way I KNOW that it is at least 30 years old   ;o)  But it brings back so many memories every time I open it  . . . . and I keep it right on my kitchen counter. It has always been on my kitchen counter, no matter where we have lived over those 30 years of making memories. But when I open that treasured little box, so many more memories come alive in my heart and in my mind! 

This holiday season, for the first time in a couple of years, I’m really in the mood to do some holiday baking, and I want to share that with my readers who also treasure the simple, homemade joy of family, friendships, traditions and memories. 

This is a recipe that I have made frequently over the years, but not nearly so often as one of my oldest and dearest friends, Auntie Ellen. Now, of course, she really isn’t my children’s aunt, biologically speaking . . . but we have been friends since our oldest children were babies, and that is a LONG time! 

We walked with each other through some difficult days, and we celebrated together in the joyous moments that make motherhood a bittersweet gift.  We’ve just always been there for each other, and I’m sure you have a friend or two like Ellen . . . . . no matter how long it has been since you’ve chatted over a cup of coffee, whispering and giggling like two school girls, as soon as I hear her voice, we just pick up again as if we had just finished our previous conversation a minute or two ago. 

Auntie Ellen makes her Creamy Caramels every year for her entire family . . . . which always includes us, of course . .. . and she has done that for so many years, I don’t even know how long this recipe has actually been a tradition in her family! 

I should ask her where she got the recipe. Maybe it was one that was handed down to her from her mom, or her grandma. But the story of Auntie Ellen’s Creamy Caramels in our family is that, ever since she started making these wonderful little yummy delights and giving them to us at the holidays, I knew that I needed to get the recipe from her. So, after a few years when I was looking for another great holiday recipe, I called up Auntie Ellen and she gave me the recipe. And we’ve been making these caramels ever since! 

Of course, I always look forward to getting Auntie Ellen’s caramels, because they are so much better than mine   ;o)   But we keep practicing, and one day ours might be almost as good as hers! 

Auntie Ellen’s Creamy Christmas Caramels

What you need:

 *  2 cups sugar

* 3/4 cup light corn syrup

* 2 cups light cream (20%)

* 1/2 cup butter

Let’s make it!

Butter square pan, 8 X 8 X 2 inches, or line pan with tinfoil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Combine sugar, corn syrum, butter and half of the cream in a large saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining cream.

 

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to 245 cegrees on a candy thermometer (or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a firm ball. This is the way my mama always did it!)

Immediately spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Cool. Cut into 1″ squares. Makes about 5 dozen candies.

You can wrap the individual caramels in squares of wax paper or tinfoil to keep them from sticking to each other and to hold their shape.

 

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  1. Kay

    I have a couple friends like that and they are truly treasures!! I can’t wait to try these out!! Thanks for joining in the a href=”http://tettelestai.blogspot.com/”>Memory Lane. Thank you for joining in!!

  2. Kelli

    These look yummy.. my mom also makes carmels at Christmastime.

  3. Gypsy Ju

    These caramels look amazing! Thanks for sharing your special recipe 😉

    We will stop by again soon!
    Gypsy 😉

  4. Denise

    Yummy in my tummy.

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