This is inspired by Burning Pasta. I've seen several recipes for caramels and wanted mine to be somewhere in between uber chewy and hard candies. I did a little research and developed my own formula. Every cook in the South knows that all good things begin with a can of sweetened condensed milk. So it is with these caramels.
First, cook eight to ten slices of bacon hotel style on a rack over a baking sheet in a 410 degree oven, turning once until crispy. You need the bacon well done for this. You want the bacon to be on the thinner side, not thick cut and you want it without extra pepper or maple. This is a time when you want the straightforward bacon flavor. I used Farmland and it was just right. The bacon will take around twenty minutes and you need to have it ready when the candy is ready to receive it so make it completely first. When it's done, drain on paper toweling and crumble into bits. Anywhere between 7-10 slices is just right. (I cooked nine and ate two...what can I say).
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. light Karo syrup
4 T. butter
1/4 c. heavy cream
Notes: if you are in quilt club, yes I will be bringing a batch to the party and again to the retreat.