Regular or butter flavored nonstick cooking spray
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Molly McButter or other dry butter flavoring
1 can fat free sweetened condensed skim milk
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Lightly spray an 8-inch square pan with non stick butter or regular cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium size heavy bottom saucepan combine sugar with corn syrup, butter flavoring and sweetened condensed milk. Stir mixture over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium and continue to cook stirring frequently until mixture reaches 234 to 238 degrees F on candy thermometer (soft ball stage). Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and pour immediately into prepared pan. Cool to lukewarm and mark in 1-inch squares using a knife sprayed with cooking spray.
Spray a teaspoon lightly with cooking spray and scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of caramel onto a 4 x 5-inch square of wax candy papers. Roll paper jellyroll fashion and twist ends to seal. Store in a cool dark place for several weeks.
Yield 38 (1 ounce) soft caramels
Each caramel: approximately 55 calories; 0.2 gram total fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol;14.5 grams carbohydrate; 0 gram dietary fiber; 0.1 gram protein; 38 milligrams sodium
Compare with high fat caramels at 116 calories and 5 grams total fat versus 55 calories and 0.2 gram fat