How Do You Melt Caramel Candy For Cooking?

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Caramel candies, or caramel chews as they are often referred to, can be more difficult to melt then you may think. Trying to melt the caramel candies in a microwave by themselves can make an extremely sticky mess and melting in a pot without any other additive can lead to scorching and hardening of the caramel. The best way to melt caramel candies for cooking is to first consider what type of recipe you want the caramel to be used in. That way you can start the process by melting the caramel with another ingredient like milk or cream. Coat a large cooking pan with 1 tbsp of salted butter to prevent the caramel from sticking to the pan. Start heating the butter on low heat before adding your caramel. It's important to not add to much butter or you could disrupt the taste of the melted caramel. Unwrap the caramel candies and place them in a measuring cup. Filling up two measuring cups with the candies should roughly create 1 to 1½ cups of melted caramel. It's best to only melt 2 cups ... more
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