I love that mix of salty and sweet flavors. It’s one of life’s little joys. That’s part of the reason I think Salted Caramel is so popular. The rich butteriness of the caramel with the little crunchy salt crystals combine for an out of this world experience. Seriously. It gives my taste buds and brain so much pleasure, they don’t even know how to act. They’re all “OMG! What’s happening? Sweet and salty and ooohhhh…is that butter? And crunch that’s salty?! OH YES PLEASE!”
The best part is that salted caramels are easy to make, and are nearly foolproof. You can make them yourself, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry already. When you serve these salted caramels to people, they’ll be amazed by your skill. You don’t have to tell them how easy it is!
A few things that make this salted caramels recipe easier. Links may be affiliate links.
- Vanilla Bean Paste – It’s like a richer vanilla extract. You can use a quality Vanilla Extract, though
- Candy thermometer. You can eyeball the temps, but a thermometer makes life easier.
- Fleur de Sel – a delicious finishing salt that makes these salted caramels all the more decadent.
- Flake Salt – for when you like a little larger salt crystal. (like me!)
- Wax Paper to wrap your caramels in
Easy to Make Salted Caramels
- 1 1⁄2 (3/4 c) sticks butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can sub vanilla extract)
- Coarse sea salt, like a Fleur de Sel or Flake Salt
- Prepare baking sheet or 8x8 casserole dish with foil or parchment paper and nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine butter and sugar in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until melted. Stir in corn syrup and condensed milk.
- Bring to a rolling boil, stirring. This part is important! If you do not bring it to a full boil, the caramels won’t turn out right.
- After you’ve brought the mixture to a boil, reduce to medium heat. Keep stirring for 510 minutes (this varies greatly on your stove, pan, and even your altitude), or until the caramel starts to pull away from the edges of the pan as you stir.
- Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir in well. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle coarse salt on top.
- Allow to cool for about 2 hours before cutting into pieces and wrapping with wax paper.
Isn’t that easy? Seriously, I think the hardest thing is waiting. And making sure that the mixture boils. Fill a little dish or a mason jar with these homemade salted caramels and share them with your friends. They’ll be so impressed that you made them yourself.
For more Valentine’s Day ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
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- Hugs and Kisses Valentine’s Cupcakes by Simply Southern Mom
- Printable Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt by Mom on the Side
- Box of Chocolates Cake by Kids Fun Reviewed
- Cranberry Hootycreek – Valentine’s Day Cookies by MommaDJane
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- Valentine’s Day “Love Lives Here” Decorative House Craft by Sincerely Mindy
- Hand Sewn Valentine Cards by Beyond Mommying
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