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Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Line a 9x9-inch square pan with foil and butter the foil. Set aside. In a 3-quart saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until candy thermometer reads 238 degrees (soft ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Removed from pan and cut into squares. Wrap individually in wax paper, twisting ends. Cut wax paper into 4-1/2 inch squares. Yields 100 pieces.

Margo Brooks, Erie




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