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Soft Chewy Cream Caramels

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Soft Chewy Cream Caramels are a bit time consuming, but will always get rave reviews!  For holiday gifts or your own consumption, they are a spectacular homemade candy!

Soft Chewy Cream Caramels - Homemade caramels cannot be rivaled!

Soft Chewy Homemade Cream Caramels

If you’re a baker, you’ve probably come across a recipe that calls for a bag of store bought caramels. They are a fabulous shortcut to use in recipes like these Oatmeal Caramel Bars, but can never rival homemade cream caramels.

Despite being wrapped, they are anything but soft and chewy. Once you taste homemade cream caramels, you’ll never want to go back!

These cream caramels melt in your mouth while teasing your palate with their sweet vanilla essence. I’ve made a variety of caramels over the years.

Some use half and half, and others utilize cream or even evaporated milk. The sweeteners have ranged from white sugar to brown sugar, but all include some corn syrup which is needed to inhibit crystallization. I’m leaning towards declaring these as my favorites.

Soft Chewy Cream Caramels, cut and wrapped in wax paper

Tips for Making Homemade Caramels

I make both caramels and toffee for the holidays. From year to year, I subconsciously block out the tediousness of candy making.

  • I’d estimate it took nearly an hour to get the liquid caramel mixture up to the proper temperature. You can’t walk away or you risk scorching your caramel.
  • Don’t answer the phone, or you may end up tossing the mixture. I turn on the TV, stand and stir, while watching the candy thermometer very slowly approach the firm ball stage.
  • Use a good quality candy thermometer for the best results.
  • Boil until the candy reaches 247-248 degrees. If you like your caramel slightly firmer, let cook to 250 degrees.
  • Use a heavy saucepan, not a cheap, flimsy pan for the more even heating.
  • Remember that the boiling sugar mixture is extremely hot and can give you second degree burns if you’re not careful.
  • Caramels freeze well. Make these in early December for the holidays. Wrap individually in rectangles of wax paper (they will take decent sized piece), then place in a freezer Ziploc bag and remove excess air. Pop in the freezer and pull out what you need at any time!

When all your friends rave, you’ll be glad you went the extra mile!

Soft Chewy Cream Caramels in a white candy bowl


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Yield: 64 1-inch caramels

Soft Chewy Cream Caramels

Soft Chewy Cream Caramels

Buttery homemade caramel candies that will outshine any grocery store version!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Line an 8x8 pan with non-stick foil. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Stir in the sugar, cream and corn syrup. Mix and bring to a gentle boil
  3. Insert a candy thermometer and continue boiling until the candy reaches 247-248 degrees. If you like your caramel slightly firmer, let cook to 250 degrees. This can take 45 minutes to an hour, so be patient.
  4. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Allow to cool, then lift caramel from pan using the foil as a sling. Place on a cutting board and slice into 1-inch squares. Wrap in wax paper.
  6. These freeze well.


Be very cautious as the boiling caramel is extremely hot and can burn your skin.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 caramels

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 53mg Carbohydrates: 17g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g


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23 comments on “Soft Chewy Cream Caramels”

  1. I need these caramels in my life, Liz! They look sublime!

  2. I love how such a simple ingredient list can create something so good! Merry Christmas:@)

  3. My goodness Liz these look so delicious, I tried to make caramels before but quickly realized it is not as easy as I thought it was. Happy Holidays!!!

  4. I’ve definitely scorched caramel on more than one occasion, but I don’t think that I could walk away from these! Thanks for sharing! xo

  5. I love making caramel sauce but I’ve never made caramels-and that def should change! These look fabulous!

  6. These bring me back to my youth when my dad would make these every Christmas. I haven’t had them since I was 18! 🙂 I’ll make them in honor of dad.

    Merry Christmas to you and all the family. xxoo

  7. I know I would never, ever have the patience to make such morsels of delectability, Liz, Kudos to people like you!!! I’d love one or two though, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    I’m dropping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas Liz. I posted an update to my blog tonight. Actully my last one:( I just had to let you know how fabulous it has been getting to know you through your amazing food, Liz. It’s been wonderful and you have made me crave more times than I can count. Thank you for that.

    Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Safe and especially Healthy New Year! Stay well, Liz and thank YOU!!!

  8. My sister-in-law always makes these. I think her recipe is close to yours. I love how you packaged them. So pretty!

  9. These sound amazing, what a lovely gift for someone (or yourself!).

  10. What delicious little treats Liz! I admire you having the patience to make them! Happy Christmas and Joy in your hearts!

  11. Oh those darn sugar crystals, so tricky. but wow these are well worth the patiernce, your soft and chewy caramles look perfect! Happy holidays xoxo

  12. As you already know, I adore caramel, it is my absolute weakness. I had hoped to have at least enough cream for half a batch but sadly I am out of luck. I haven’t baked a single Christmas cookie yet and it looks as if I’m not going to this year. I would have loved a taste or two of these caramels.

  13. I would love to receive some of these for a gift. They look so delicious! Happy holidays!

  14. I love soft caramels but I never made them. If I did I would eat them all. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  15. I love making caramels, they may be time consuming but you are right nothing beats homemade 😀 these look beautiful Liz.

  16. I love caramels but have never made them myself. I might make them when I get back from Germany. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Hi Liz, did you use salted or unsalted butter?

  18. Hi! I haven’t made any soft caramels before and I’m wondering if brown sugar or white granulated sugar works better or if the type of sugar doesn’t matter?
    Does anyone have any tips for me? 


  19. Hi Liz, Thanks for sharing this recipe. I gave it a try today, and while the texture and flavor were fantastic, they oozed oils. When I cut out a square a set it on a plate, it just sat in a puddle of its grease. What did I do wrong? I had let them cool until they were room temperature – do I need to keep them in the fridge so they don’t separate? Any tips welcome! Thanks!

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