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Homemade Caramel Taffy

A gift of Homemade Caramel Taffy will be a sure hit for the caramel connoisseur on your list.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 32 pieces
  • Hands-on: 35 Minutes
  • Total: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes


  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 (16-oz.) package dark brown sugar
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon loosely packed orange zest


Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Generously grease foil. Melt 1 cup butter in a 3-qt. saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and corn syrup until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer registers 235° (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat. Add orange zest; stir 1 minute or until mixture is smooth and no longer bubbling. Quickly pour into prepared pan. Let stand 2 hours. Lift caramels from pan, using foil sides as handles. Cut into 2- x 1-inch pieces with a buttered knife. Store at room temperature up to 1 week. To package for gifting, wrap each piece in a taffy wrapper.

PACKAGE IN: Medium Glassine Bag (20 cents; thinkgarnish.com)


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Homemade Caramel Taffy Recipe