If you love making homemade caramels and candy at Christmas, be sure not to miss any of my candy recipes! I love salted caramel and for salty-and-sweet treats, and always add a pinch of salt to my caramel. I highly recommend investing in an inexpensive candy thermometer (affiliate link) when making caramel because it makes it practically foolproof. Heat the cream and let the cream get infused with the flavors of the vanilla pod. Super stinky and you’ll have to start over. As a side note, because of the high temp of the caramel, when I added my butter, it browned the butter and gave an incredible brown butter flavor to the whole shebang. I’ve suggested changing up our approach to neighbor gift-giving and trying something savory or maybe doing loaves of bread with Whipped Cinnamon Honey Butter, but Paul won’t have it. Just set a cup or bowl of ice water next to your caramel and spoon a spoonful into the water. Be sure to let the caramels cool COMPLETELY before cutting into bite-size squares. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Combine corn syrup, 1 cup cream, milk, sugar and salt in a 4-quart saucepan. Do not scrape the bottom of the pan. Cream isn't an essential part of the equation, though, and good caramel can be made without it. Add 2 sticks butter, sugar, and karo syrup to a large heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. // Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, about 5-10 minutes. These are not super firm caramels, but rather supremely soft, melt-in-your-mouth caramels that are not too far from the texture of taffy, albeit with a rich caramel flavor. Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread – Banana bread that tastes like a caramel macchiato!! Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins — These easy, one-bowl, no-mixer muffins are soft, wonderfully moist, and the crumb has the perfect balance of density and lightness. I love Maldon Sea Salt Flakes (affiliate link) or Fleur de Sel. Learned how to make it this way from a Chef I worked for a few years ago. I have an electric stove, and because I always use a pot much larger than I ‘need’ as insurance against bubble-overs, boiling usually takes about 10 minutes. Having never made dairy-free salted caramel sauce, I can’t say for sure if a non-dairy alternative will work in place of the heavy cream. However, a lot of people don’t like to add corn syrup and you don’t need it to make caramel. Bring to a boil and then decrease to simmer 7-10 minutes or until mixture achieves deep golden color, stirring constantly. Alternatively, look for golden syrup, also known as cane syrup or treacle. When the caramel is set, lift the parchment paper sling out of the pan and use a sharp knife or pastry cutter to cut out the caramels. Heat the remaining cream in a bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot. Here is the very simple – and sort of healthy because at least it doesn’t have corn syrup in it – recipe: Homemade Caramel Sauce Yum. Slit a vanilla pod into halves and scrape the inside of it. The stuff on the bottom can be thicker than what pours out and will leave unsightly ribbons in your finished caramel. Adding corn syrup dilutes the concentration and helps keep your caramel, well, caramel-y—just what you want when you’re making caramel apples this autumn. Learn how your comment data is processed. I did a 1:4 ratio heavy cream to sugar (white sugar) – no butter. Transfer sauce to glass jar or heat-safe container (easiest to pour into a 2-cup measuring cup and then easily pour into glass jar). Just butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and baking soda are used to make the delicious caramel coating. I think it’s one of the easiest homemade candy recipes to make and the results are pretty much out of this world delicious. But it’s also a great recipe for using to make some other easy candies that are delicious in their own right. Caramel Cream Poke Cake — Poke cakes are always supremely moist and this one reminds me of a cheater’s version of Tres Leches Cake because it’s sweet and creamy. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the evaporated milk a little at a time, taking 15 minutes per can and stirring constantly. Other popular choices this time of year are Grandma Nash’s Best Butter Almond English Toffee, Easy Homemade Peppermint Bark, and my personal favorite, Old-Fashioned Divinity Candy.