Grandma Cracker's Caramels

Candace Lemings


My great grandmother's recipe for soft caramels. Her name was Tillie Crumpacker but as children, us great grandkids couldn't pronounce "Crumpacker" so we said "Cracker" and she was "Grandma Cracker" ever since.

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1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


2 c
light corn syrup
2 c
2 c
half and half
1 stick
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract


1Butter a metal 13x9" pan; set aside.
2Shake half-and-half well, open and set aside.
3Put sugar, syrup and salt into a 6 quart pot. Stir to mix. Then on medium heat, cook and stir constantly until thread stage.
4While maintaining constant stirring, add butter.
5Very slowly add half and half, while stirring.
6Keep stirring and cooking till soft ball stage (234 degrees) then quickly add vanilla and stir into mixture.
7Immediately after stirring in the vanilla, pour the caramel into prepared 13x9" pan, DO NOT scrape the bottom of the pot (this caramel usually is over-done and somewhat hard), You may scrape the sides.
8Let cool completely.
9Use spreading knife to separate the caramel from the sides of the pan, then turn over onto cutting board, slightly twisting the pan (this is why it must be a metal pan), use the knife to separate any caramel that is still sticking to the pan.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtag: #caramel