Not many things are as appreciated as a homemade treat. Forget about the expensive items that might get used a few times, if you want to reach your loved ones right in the heart, make some great candy boxes and give them as gifts during holiday times or for birthdays. Caramel can be used for a variety of items such as candy, apples, kettle corn, and as an accent to other items. Use caramel and give a variety of treats when you give the gifts that warm the heart and tantalize the taste buds.
Making the Perfect Caramels
It’s easy to make caramels and offer them as a treat you put out and enjoy with family and friends during the holidays or to put in the boxes you’re going to give as gifts. Let’s get started:
Use the right Pot – You’re going to make a lot of caramels and need to have a pot that won’t boil over when you mix the sticky and sweet substance. Make sure you find a large pot that can give you a deep enough level of the caramel that you can receive an accurate thermometer reading.
Control the Crystals – As with any candy substance, you have to crystallize the caramel as you make it. This can be tough, but if you stir it enough to keep it from sticking and make sure the mix is thoroughly consistent you’re going to have the best results. You’re going to be working with high heat to help you create the smooth and yummy caramel you want to enjoy.
Be Careful Not to Overcook – Overcooking is fairly common when you make candy and you want to make sure you avoid this. If you overcook the caramel, the entire batch is ruined. Stay vigilant and keep an eye on the caramel as you make the special treat you’re going to enjoy with your family and friends.
You Can Fix the Toughness – If your caramel comes out too tough and is hard to work with you can add more cream or butter and lower the temperature to make it smoother and easier to work with. This is an important part of the process, especially if you’re going to use the caramel as a drizzle or accent to another candy.
Cool Before Cutting – You’re going to want the caramel to look like a professional made the candy. In order to do this, you need to make sure it’s fully cooled before you cut it into the bite-sized pieces that you’re sure to love when it’s time to serve these candies. Once cooled, you can cut it into any size or shape that you want so that you can show off your creativity and skill.
Find your favorite recipe for creating the perfect caramel and add this candy to the mixture of items that you give as gifts throughout the year. You’re going to have relatives and friends asking you for the candy boxes you make instead of the expensive gifts that you often give. Enjoying some homemade candy simply warms the heart, feeds the sweet tooth, and puts a smile on everyone’s face that comes to visit or is far away during celebration time. Make this your traditional gift and watch the looks of joy begin to cross the faces of those you love.