The only thing that goes better with Bourbon than a smoldering Don Draper is caramel. Well, it might be a tie, but if I can’t have that tall, dark and handsome man with his slick hair, wearing a classic 1960’s suit standing right in front of me holding a glass of bourbon ( no ice) while I am drinking bourbon, I might as well turn it into a candy. I have been really digging the whole making candy thing lately, and I love love love caramel. So this was a fun little project. And I did it all in my nightwear! Hair all bunched up, slippers on, and no, I didn’t spill a drop. This is cooking like a lady!
These caramels came out smooth and silky, with a hint of the beloved bourbon. The maple flavor is not overwhelming at all, it adds the prefect amount of sweetness to this fun little treat! It is a simple, sophisticated candy my friends. The are divine!
So, you will need…
- 2 C. Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
- 1 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/2 C. Milk
- 1 C. Pure Maple Syrup
- 4 Tbsp Butter
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Bourbon
Here was my process…
- Line half of a baking sheet with tin foil, and lightly butter. Create edges, so that the caramel will maintain a brick shape once cooled.
- In a large saucepan combine brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, milk, maple syrup, butter, salt and 1 Tbsp Bourbon. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil cover for 3 minutes. If sugar crystals form on the sides, use a pastry brush dipped in warm water to wipe down the sides.
- Remove lid and place a candy thermometer in the mixture. Once the candy reaches 246 degrees F, remove from heat.
- Immediately stir in the remaining 1 Tbsp of bourbon.
- Pour into prepared pan and let cool for a few hours until the caramel sets.
- Once hard, you can cut and shape your caramels.
Enjoy in your nightwear 😉