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Vegan Caramels

What you need: 

1 cup vegan sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup vegan margarine
1 cup soy creamer, divided (I used Silk)

What you do: 

1. Grease an 8x8" pan. In a large heavy pan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, margarine and 1/2 cup soy creamer.
2. Bring to a boil over medium low heat. Cook without stirring until it reaches 240 degrees F (soft ball stage).
3. Remove from stove and gradually add the rest of the soy creamer. Return to heat and cook until it reaches 244-246 degrees F (firm ball stage).
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and let cool for 2-3 hours. Invert onto cutting surface and using a thin sharp knife, cut into 1" pieces. Wrap pieces in waxed paper.
If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can use the cold water method. Drop some of the caramel into a bowl of cold (not iced) water. If you can form the caramel into a soft ball then you are at the soft ball stage (234-240 degrees). If it forms a firm ball you are at the firm ball stage (244-248 degrees).

Preparation Time: 
60-90 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
60
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made these today and ended up with a rock that I can not get out of my pan.  I've re-read the instructions and see nothing that I missed.  Too bad.  It looks like I'm going to have to dissolve the caramel to reclaim my pan.

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This is a great recipe!! Today is Halloween and my boyfriend has been complaining all day that his co-workers are eating candy, and there's none he can have. Surprise!! I used this caramel to make caramel cups(like a peanutbutter cup). It worked great! We've been eating the extra caramel out of the pot while we wait for the caramel cups to set. So yummy.

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I hate using corn syrup. Does anyone know if agave or pure maple syrup would work in it's place??

Brown rice syrup works well in most dishes to sub for corn syrup.

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I hate using corn syrup. Does anyone know if agave or pure maple syrup would work in it's place??

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What exactly is "soy creamer"? I'm not sure if I've ever seen a product call this before. Will I be able to find this at Whole Foods or Bristol Farms?

I've never had caramels before (born Vegan) but I would love to make this as a surprise for my BF who I recently turn Vegan and caramels was one of his fav desert.

Whole Foods (as well as some "normal" grocery stores) carries Silk soy creamer. It comes in a little container and can usually be found in the same section as regular Silk soymilk. It is thicker and sweeter than regular soymilk. It is typically used for coffee, but obviously can be used in certain recipes as well as a replacement for regular creamer or half-and-half.

I have also seen a store brand variety at Trader Joe's. Veganessentials.com also sells a few varieties of soy creamer, but I have never tried those myself. Silk should be the easiest to come by, though.

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What exactly is "soy creamer"? I'm not sure if I've ever seen a product call this before. Will I be able to find this at Whole Foods or Bristol Farms?

I've never had caramels before (born Vegan) but I would love to make this as a surprise for my BF who I recently turn Vegan and caramels was one of his fav desert.

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