We made these little beauties a few weeks ago and this small bowl full is all we have left! They were so delicious and addictive. Everyone who has dropped by recently was given one to "taste test" and there was not one person who could stop at only one.
I got this recipe from my new bloggy friend Mica. She is homeschooling as well and makes the sweetest dollies in her spare time. I was drawn to the recipe because it seemed simple enough... short ingredient list, easy instructions... well...
My history with candy recipes has not been good. I'm not sure if I have a bogus candy thermometer or if I am just not patient enough. Probably the second reason is the true one... yeah, I'm pretty sure of that.
History seemed to be repeating itself as I stood for half an hour, then an hour, then an hour and a half stirring, feeling that surely I had failed again. I called my super friend TLC who actually cooks and bakes well, and in my panic asked her what was wrong with me! The temperature of the caramel was supposed to reach 250 degrees... mine was stuck on 225 for.ev.er. Mind you, I was standing at the stove for almost an hour and a half stirring constantly, with only a few breaks to study the recipe again. Hmm, funny how that little card could give me no comfort. But, to my surprise, as I poured out my woes to said friend, the temperature rose. Angelic voices could be heard singing "Hallelujah!", or maybe that was just me. Maybe it was the magical voice of my friend on the other line that finally made the temp. rise those last few degrees.
I spent a lot of time wrapping those chewy little chunks of gold to perfection. Yep, that's me. But they sure look pretty! I will surely make this recipe again and maybe double it (will that double the stirring time, I wonder?). My neighbors will benefit from my efforts and maybe some others will too. If you get caramels from me, give me a pat on the back and congratulate my success and tell me I'm the best, akin to Willy Wonka! ;-D