Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sea Salt Sprinkled Caramels


I made these Sea Salt Sprinkled Caramels a couple of years ago on a whim. We had sampled some at Costco and I knew I had to try to make them. Keep in mind, I had never made "candy" before on my own. I found this recipe and was really pleased with the result....buttery, chewy caramels covered in rich chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. We have given them to friends and family at Christmas, but I think they would make a really sweet treat for Valentine's Day too.
Here's what you need: butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, chocolate, shortening and sea salt (last three ingredients not pictured)
Here's how you make them: start by melting the butter and adding the corn syrup...
followed by the brown sugar,
and then the sweetened condensed milk.
Stirring constantly, cook until temperature on candy thermometer reaches between 242 and 248 degrees. This does take quite a while...at least 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and add in the vanilla.
Pour the caramel into prepared pan. Allow to cool and set up.
Cut into 1 inch squares and refrigerate until firm. (I recommend removing them from the pan once you cut them to keep the pieces from sticking together.
In top of double boiler, melt chocolate and shortening together, stirring until smooth.

If you didn't remove the caramels from the pan before refrigerating, you can put the block of caramel on a cutting board and cut the pieces apart using your previous lines as guides.
Dip each piece of caramel individually into the chocolate.
Place on wax paper to cool and sprinkle with sea salt.
Sea Salt Sprinkled Caramels

1 cup butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (14 oz. ) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate Coating
1 1/2 bags chocolate chips ( milk or dark)
1 Tbsp. shortening 
sea salt

Grease an 8x8 inch glass pan (or 13x9 if you want smaller caramels). In heavy 4 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Stirring constantly, heat the mixture to between 242 to 248 degrees, or until a small amount of the mixture dropped into cold water forms a firm, but pliable ball. Remove from heat an stir in vanilla extract. Pour into prepared pan. When caramel has cooled and set, cut into 1 inch squares. Chill in refrigerator until firm. Melt chocolate and shortening together in top of a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Dip the caramels into the chocolate and place on wax paper to cool. Sprinkle with sea salt. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

They do take some time to make, but the result is well worth the effort. They are truly decadent and one friend even told me they could be sold at a chocolatier. Perhaps she was just being sweet, but I do think they rival any that you buy.  They make a wonderful gift...perhaps for your sweetheart.

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51 comments:

  1. Wonderful dessert! Great for a Valentine's surprise!

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  2. These look so delicious! I'd love to give them a try!

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  3. oh my these look delish! Chocolate and caramel, my favorite!
    XO
    Kristin

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  4. You shouldn't taunt me with close ups of chocolate and carmel first thing in the morning. I'm very susceptible to images. Now I'm going to be on a candy binge all day. As if I wasn't going to be anyway. Ha! This has to be a good recipe, it has sweetened condensed milk in it. Sometimes I think I could drink that stuff straight from the can. Never tried it, but don't put it past me one day. Can you say sweet tooth?
    Liz

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  5. Good grief these look amazing! The last thing I pinned was on my 'Health' board. This is obviously not going there. lol But it will go on my 'Recipe' board!! Thanks. :-)
    Judy - www.cranberrymorning.blogspot.com

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  6. Those look amazing! I think only about half of that caramel would make it to the chocolate dipping stage in my house.

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  7. I love chocolate and sea salt together so I know this must be good. Yum!
    I am having my first giveaway come enter at http://aprichards.blogspot.com

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  8. This is dangerous for me. I would eat them all! I found you from Polkadots on Parade.

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  9. I am so into sea salt and caramel right now so your photo immediately caught my eye. Now the question is whether to try the recipe or not for fear I'd eat all the caramels.

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  10. My mouth is drooling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM!

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  11. I am addicted to the ones from Costco...I will have to try my hand at these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  12. Oh my ..... I should not have looked! Too tempting! Pinned ;)

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  13. Ooo these caramels look so yummy, such a good recipe :)

    My blog is at www.baconflavouredjam.com

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  14. Nici. I wish I had a plate of these now! Thanks for sharing the recipe at the Open House party. xx, Sherry

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  15. this looks SO ridiculously good. i'm heavily into salted desserts!

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  16. Yummy! I love it!!!! Please share at my linky party going on now at http://wallisfarmsdailywalk.blogspot.com/2013/01/linky-party-2.html Thanks!

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  17. Oh my gosh! I might have to try these, not that I need them and I can tell they will be bad, but they look so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe and how to make them!

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  18. these are my absolute favorite candies. the sea salt makes them so unique. I'm pinning this wonderful recipe!

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  19. I absolutely, positively did NOT need to see these! ;)

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  20. Wow, those look amazing!! I wish I had some right now! :)

    I'm featuring these tomorrow!

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  21. These look so good! I know they'd be a hit no matter who received them.

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  22. Oh goodness I am in love! Stopping by from Pin Me :)

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  23. Yum! My mom loves salted caramels, maybe I will try my hand at these for her bday next month. Found you on 504 Main. ;)

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  24. These look so yummy! Wish I was your valentine. ;)

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  25. Even the photos of them being made look delicious. What a perfect Valentine's day gift. Visiting from the Pin Me Linky Party and just pinned this.

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  26. Yum! I love a little salt with my sweets.

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  27. Those look amazing ... I'm pinning it. I'm a sucker for anything sweet that's sprinkled with salt!

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  28. Popping over from I Heart Nap Time.
    Wow, those look amazing! I love salted caramels. Yum :)
    Nancy

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  29. YUM! I love salted caramels, so to have them dipped in chocolate is even better!

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  30. How perfectly yummy! Sea salt caramels are my absolute favorite candy. I made some caramels at Christmas, but didn't dip them in chocolate. Your pictures look so good that I think I'm going to have to make some more and dip them just because! These would be a perfect Valentine's gift!

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  31. Chocolate, caramel and salt - the perfect combination. Love it!

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  32. Wow, these look so delicious! I love sea salt with chocolate... Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Hi Nici,
    These Sea Salted Caramels look fantastic! Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

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  34. oh i will have to try making these! i buy them every now and then from Crate n' Barrel at Christmas but they are so expensive-thanks for saving my wallet too :)

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  35. These look like they would taste better than the ones from {do I DARE say it?} See's Candy!

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  36. Oh Nici, Nici.... I'm drooling all over my keyboard again. I just adore your taste lady! :) I'm pinning this (per usual). Thanks for linking up on Marvelous Monday! :) Love for you to link them up on the Valentine's Day Hop, too :)

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  37. Nici,
    These look oh so yummy! I love chocolate and sea salt mixed, so I can just imagine how good these are with the caramels too. I'm going to "HAVE" to make these soon. Have a Happy Day!

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  38. Hi I found you on the Blog hop. Now following you. Please stop by and say hi when you get a minute. have a great week. :) Please check out my new Weekly Goals Blog hop. You can find it here. http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup.html#more Would love it if you would link up with me.

    Lenetta

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  39. Oh my!! YUMMMMM! I could certainly go for one of these right now! That fudge bar I just ate pales in comparison to these!!
    Thanks for linking these up at Think Tank Thursday.

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  40. Yummy!!! Yes, I'd be thrilled if someone gave me these for Valentines day!! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

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  41. Yummy! I love chocolate and salt together. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

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  42. I am currently addicted to the ones from Trader Joe's but I think they only make them during the holidays, and I don't have a Trader Joe's close. I have my sister pick me up yummies from Trader Joe's when she travels to Columbus.
    Just might have to make these when I run out of the last box I have! ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up with Marvelous Mondays, dear!

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  43. I'd make and then eat ALL of them.Yes..I would!

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  44. Oh my gosh these look SO good. Candy is always so intimidating, but I have to try these!!! Found you from Pint Sized Baker, would love for you to come link up at my Pin It Thursday party http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2013/01/17/pin-it-thursday-18/

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  45. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational recipe with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

    We can't wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon! http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/01/12/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-15/

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Susie @Bowdabra

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  46. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

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  47. Wow! These look wonderful!! Thanks for stopping by Saturday Dishes Valentine's blog hop and linking this up. I pinned it!

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    www.recipesforourdailybread.com

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