caramelsThis recipe is my Mom’s current caramel recipe. She has made caramels my entire life. She updated her recipe a few years ago after I got a recipe from Harbor House in Grand Haven, MI. She combined it with her own and revised it to come up with this amazing treat. ~Kim



Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 80 pieces


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a medium saucepan mix sugar, Karo syrup and butter over medium heat. Continue stirring until mixture comes to a “ploppy” boil. Time for 7 minutes, NOT stirring.
  • Then add condensed milk. Mix well and continue stirring over medium heat. When mixture comes to a “ploppy” boil again, time for 13 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Take off heat and add vanilla. Mix well and pour into a well-buttered 8"x 8" glass pan.
  • Cool overnight at room temperature.
  • Cut into bite-sized squares and wrap with squares of parchment paper.


  1. Kim Jones on December 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I am too lazy to wrap the caramels in parchment paper, so I place individual caramels in mini baking cups.

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