Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sister Wives' Caramel Recipe from Kody's Mom on The Christmas Surprise Episode

Ok, I'll admit it... I love reality TV and I actually like watching Sister Wives on TLC. I don't know if it's the fact that I'm so intrigued by their lifestyle of that I do like each of them. The whole plural marriage thing is a bit much for me to take in but they love each other and they love God so who am I to cast the first stone. On the episode last week they showed a caramel cook off and I really wanted to get the recipe. Well low and behold right there at minute 38 on the tivo, they showed the recipe sitting on the counter for a split second. Thanks to freeze frame, I copied the recipe and was very thankful for the hand written notes on it.

Caramel recipe from Sister Wives
Here's the recipe:  

Kody's mom-Reva’s Caramels from Sister Wives 


  • 1/2 pound butter 
  • 2 cups light Karo Syrup 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 can of Evaporated Milk- 12 oz. size
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Optional- 1 cup of chopped nuts


  1. Add the first 3 ingredients- (Butter, Karo and Sugar) into a large pan, bring to a boil  over medium to medium high heat until all sugar is dissolved and it's golden brown.°
  2.  Add 1 can of evaporated milk slowly- so mixture doesn’t stop boiling. 
  3. Continue to boil to firm ball stage 250°  
    1. For every 500 feet over sea level, decrease temp by 1 degree. So for my house at 6000 feet- I have to decrease the temp by 12° -my final temp would be between 233° - 238°)
    2. Use this rule for any kind of candy or fudge that you make. If you live at altitude and wondered why your candy wasn't turning out this is the key!!!! 
  4.  Remove from heat and carefully add 1 tsp of vanilla  and if you like nuts, add 1 cup of chipped nuts- optional.  
  5. Place in well buttered pan and cool 
  6. Once it's all cooled, cut  into small squares and wrap in waxed paper.


Anonymous said...

WhoHoo!! Thanks for posting this :)

Anonymous said...

Funny I did the same thing! I froze the tv screen and wrote it down! LOL! I am making them right now!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! I lost it and just went to make it and just knew I wouldn't be able to find it online. This is the only caramel I have found that turns out awesome! Thanks!

Christine Peterson said...

Thanks for posting this! 250-320F seems like a big spread for temperature for the initial boiling. Have you made this recipe? What would you recommend? Thanks!

Mona Paradis said...

I tried to make this today, but ended up with a pan full of Sister Wives' Caramel sauce to pour over ice cream. I stirred constantly all through the boiling stage, and made sure it was well above the required temp, but it still didn't set. Not sure what I did wrong. :(

Colleen4300 said...

Are you using 2 cans of evaporated milk? The first step says "add all ingredients to a large pan" and the second step says to "add 1 can of evaporated milk (no size specified) slowly". I'm confused....

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

Hi Colleen,
I went ahead and rewrote the instructions so that they make more sense. You only use 1 can of milk.
Hope this makes it more clear. Sorry about that!

Lynne Sek said...

I was dying to try this recipe when I watched the episode. I have a super sweet tooth. I do not have a Tivo or dvr or pvr, so I would not have been able to see the recipe. So I thank you so much for this. I have yet to try it but it is on my priority list for Thanksgiving, which, in Canada, is this coming weekend :D

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