Ah, yummy gooey caramels, the kind that stick to your teeth and taste great! Warning- to make great caramels you need to follow the directions carefully, and have a good candy thermometer. This is also not something you should make around kids, you'll be dealing with very hot temperatures.
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (do NOT substitute margarine)
1 tsp vanilla
In a heavy large pan, mix the first four ingredients and set on high heat. (The mixture will boil up to twice it's original volume, so make sure the pot is large enough) Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then add the stick of butter and stir constantly until the butter is melted and the mixture begins to boil. Now stop stirring. Watch the candy thermometer until the mixture reaches 248Â° F Turn off the heat, pour in the vanilla and stir rapidly. Be careful, because the vanilla will boil instantly and the steam can burn. Then pour into a buttered pan to cool. When totally cooled, cut with a knife and wrap inside wax paper squares.
Warning: these are highly addictive! They also get gritty if stored for too long, so give them away to friends!