Paula Deen and Pioneer Woman would approve of this recipe's rich ingredients!
1 C light Karo
2 and 1/4 C packed brown sugar
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 C butter
1 t. vanilla
buttered 9x9 pan
Melt the butter over med/low heat in a medium size saucepan. Add brown sugar, salt and Karo and mix well. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir again until it's mixed in. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Keeping it at a fairly rolling boil, set your timer for 12 minutes, and keep stirring...don't let up the whole time. Talk to someone on the phone to pass the time or listen to Christmas music. No need for a candy thermometer. When the timer goes off, hang up the phone, add the vanilla and pour the delicious golden goodness into the buttered pan. Lick out the pan and spoon. Then let it cool for several hours. Cut in small squares or rectanges. Dip in melted chocolate or wrap in wax paper squares. I hadn't made caramels in several years, and these came out pretty much the perfect consistency both times.
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