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Serves : 117 caramels

How to Make It

Step 1    

Generously butter a 13-by-9-inch metal baking pan. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the butter, light and dark corn syrups, cream, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Cook over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Step 2    

Raise the heat to moderately high and place a candy thermometer in the pan. Bring to a boil. Using a pastry brush dipped in warm water, brush down the side of the pan twice to prevent crystallization. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the temperature registers 248°, about 20 minutes.

Step 3    

Remove the pan from the heat and quickly stir in the vanilla and the nuts. Pour the caramel into the prepared pan and let cool to room temperature on a rack, at least 2 hours.

Step 4    

Remove the caramel from the pan. Oil the blade of a chef's knife. Cut the caramel crosswise into 13 strips, then cut each strip into 9 pieces. Arrange the caramels, without touching one another, between sheets of wax paper, or wrap them individually in wax paper.

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