Cooking With the Kids – Salted, Chewy Caramels

Caramel_drizzleI don’t often indulge my children’s desire for candy. But, on occasion, their sugar tooth lends itself to a lovely lesson in cooking. My little lady loves caramel (not to be confused with Carmel – which is a place and inedible). So, off to the kitchen we skipped. It was time for another lesson cooking with the kids.

Salted Chewy Caramel

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt

Directions:

Lightly oil an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, then measure and cut a piece of parchment paper that will fit inside the dish and come up the sides by at least 1 inch. Next, lightly oil the parchment paper and place into the pan. Set the pan aside.
Combine the butter, sugars, corn syrup and condensed milk in a heavy sauce pan. Cook for 4-6 minutes on HIGH, stirring constantly.
Stir in the vanilla, then pour the mixture into greased baking dish.
Let cool slightly (about 5 minutes), then sprinkle lightly with salt. Let cool at room temperature, then cut into squares. Store an air-tight container, individually wrapped in wax paper.

A few things we learned by taking on this cooking experiment… The first was that we didn’t need high-tech equipment to get the job done. It was fairly basic and easy to handle. The second was that the caramel did need to be cooled in the refrigerator; sitting on the countertop in a warm kitchen really did not get the job done. Lastly, if we make this too often we’ll be needing to see the dentist a great deal. (I don’t think the caramel lasted the day.)

Altogether the children were quite pleased with our project. The recipe was simple, easy, and quick. We were able to make a large batch for a nominal fee. And, we all enjoyed the fruits of our labor.

I think this one might see a comeback in the near future. But, not too near. Dental visits are  so unpleasant.

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