Whenever I`m visiting my parents in the Canary Islands, I always make sure that I`ve got an extra suitcase to bring back home. Living in Norway is very, very expensive, especially when you`re living on student loans and grants. Which is why I usually stock up on things when I`m in the Canary Islands, as there are practically no taxes there, with the price level being generally very low. Take the cans of sweet condensed milk for instance. In Norway, these would cost me 9$ per can. When I bought them on the Spanish Island it cost me 1$/can. That`s a 8 dollar difference! The amount of money I save each year just by buying some products with me is rediculously huge!
This time I stocked up on sweet condensed milk, honey, my favourite chocolate, a jar of peach jam, two boxes of sprinkles, some luxurious goat cheese, Serrano ham (Spanish version of the Italian Parma ham), and some bio-degradable garbage bags.
I love being able to stock up on things that I use, but only to a fraction of what it`d cost in Norway. This is one of the ways I save a lot of money each year, as everytime I visit I always make sure to buy certain food items with me.
What do you like to stock up on when you got the chance?
Have you ever wanted to make caramels, but always come across difficult recipes including a thermometer and many hours of boiling? Search no further! These are the easiest caramels you can ever make. I had never made caramels before I tried this recipe, and it was very successful ! It`s practically fool proof! I would really recommend that you sprinkle with sea salt as it raises the caramels unto an entirely different level. These are gourmet-tasty caramels that will melt on your tongue, and bring a bright smile on every face that tries one!
They`re also very budget-friendly christmas treats! It cost me maximum 12$, which means each caramel only cost me 9 cents. And considering I live in Norway which is one of the most expensive countries in the world, the rest of you can probably make these at a much lower cost! 🙂
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar syrup
2 1/5 stick of butter
1 cup sweet condensed milk
Mix everything except the sea salt, in a big saucepan on medium heat, so everything melts together.
Stir a lot. Bring it to a boil.
This is when you turn on a timer and let it boil for 6-8 minutes. After 6-8 minutes it should look like this: Remember to stir all the time! Pour it into a pan and sprinkle sea salt.
When it has cooled off, put it into the fridge over night. Next day you take it out of the fridge a couple of hours before you start cutting it into smaller pieces, this way the caramel get just the right temperature for cellophane wrapping.
Cut up small pieces of cellophane. I used a cellophane with snow print, which I thought was a pretty nice touch! Then fold the cellophane around each piece of caramel and squish it tightly so that the cellophane sticks. then twist each side. et voilà!
and repeat 128 times (that`s how many I got!)