At first, my grandmother did not want me posting this recipe. It is so DELICIOUS and everyone always rants and raves about it! She didn't want everyone to know how simple it was to make. It is a family secret that I have convinced her to let me share. If you love caramels, you will go CRAZY for these! My grandma makes them for every holiday, during any injuries, and for all special occasion: I still can't get enough of them!
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 3/4 cups corn syrup
2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Line the bottom of a 9x13 greased pan with parchment paper (if you don't do this, it will be much harder to get out)
2. In a LARGE pot, combine sugar, butter, corn syrup, and 1 cup heavy whipping cream. Bring to a boil.
3. Slowly add the other cup of heavy whipping cream. Boil until soft boil stage. Don't be afraid to overcook it. (The more it cooks, the harder the caramels. If you don't have a candy thermometer, drop a little bit of the caramel in a cold cup of water to get a general idea of how hard it will be when it cools.)
4. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix, then pour into the lined pan. Refrigerate until hardened.
5. Remove from the refrigerator and cut into small squares. Wrap each individually with wax paper like a present (I rip off about 3-inch strips and then cut them in thirds).