DIY Gift: Homemade Caramels

December 20, 2011

Homemade caramels

My daughter usually makes at least one batch of these caramels for her holiday gift-giving.  We still use the hand-written recipe that my oldest sister shared with me many years ago.

Card with hand-written recipe for caramels

You do need a candy thermometer for this recipe.  I’ve made a note that 245 degrees F is gives the perfect firmness.

Candy thermometer

I always forget how long it takes for the candy to reach this temperature.  It seems to stay at 225 degrees F for so long that you wonder if your thermometer is broken.

Bubbling ingredients

But persevere!  Eventually the temperature will rise to 245 degrees. F.  It’s worth the wait.

Cutting the slab of caramel into bite-sized pieces

I wrap the individual pieces in waxed paper.




Summer Breezes

August 8, 2010

A slight breeze lifts the curtains in the window

Old fan on the window sill

Hot summer days

Summer days in Minnesota mean heat and humidity.  Any little breeze helps.  We draw the shades in the windows and at night set up fans in the windows to blow the hot air out of the house and draw the cooler air in.  But there is nothing like a summer storm to clear the air, until the humidity inevitably climbs again.

Storm front passes through

Rain clouds build up