- 125 g butter (not margarine)
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 90 g brown sugar
- ½ cup honey, not very thick
- ½ cup condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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This is a very simple recipe but you need to be very precise with the ingredients and the directions to make sure your candies turn out right! You also need a large microwavable bowl, oven mitts and you need to be very careful because you will be dealing with caramel and ingredients that will be boiling at very high temperatures. Be VERY careful because you can burn yourselves very badly. If you watch your steps it is truly a very easy recipe that doesn’t even need a thermometer.
Also, the baking pan will need to be refrigerated as soon as it comes out of the oven so you clear some space beforehand and place a wire rack on the shelf.
- Line a 20x20 baking pan with aluminum foil. Brush the aluminum foil with vegetable oil, lightly. Do not add parchment paper because it may burn.
- In a large microwavable bowl, add the butter and microwave for 90 seconds so it can melt.
- Remove from microwave and add the brown sugar, sugar and the rest of the ingredients, apart from the vanilla. Stir with a spatula that can handle the heat. Microwave again for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Wear an oven mitt to remove the bowl from the microwave and stir very carefully. Make sure you scrape down the sugar from the sides of the bowl. This is very important because if you miss any, the whole mixture may crystallize.
- Carefully transfer back to microwave and cook for another 3 ½ minutes.
- Use the oven mitt to remove it again and add the vanilla carefully, from a distance.
- Stir to combine and pour mixture into the baking pan.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight to chill completely.
- When ready, remove from pan and cut into 64 small pieces with a sharp knife.
- You may need to brush your knife with some vegetable oil.
- Wrap each piece of candy in parchment paper.
Things to watch for:
- Each microwave is different and the strength and settings vary.
- Watch the color of your mixture. It should become a light caramel, not brown.
- The mixture will harden in the baking pan, so you do not have to cook it longer than instructed.
Nutrition information per portion
Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.
Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.
Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.
The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.
Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.
It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.
They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.
A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily
*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.