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How to make caramel at home without losing your mind

The real sweet science.


Caramels are easier to make than you might think.

A really good chewy caramel—not too liquidy, not too hard, but at that golden point of candy perfection—sticks to your teeth and fills your brain with an explosion of delicious flavor. If that description makes your mouth water, don't run to a candy store yet. You can cook up DIY caramels in your own kitchen with only a few ingredients.

Standing over a hot stove to carefully monitor a pot of molten sugar is hard work—and you must avoid getting that hot goo on your skin, as it can cause severe burns. But the reward of homemade caramels makes any effort (even individually wrapping hundreds

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